pro life nonviolent
action 1526 East 35th Ave. Denver Colo.
mouth for the
speechless, In the
cause of all
who are appointed
Open your mouth, judge righteously, and plead the cause of the poor and needy. Proverbs 31.8-9 (nKJ)
For this cause came I
into the world, that I should bear witness unto the truth. John 18.37
Inasmuch as ye have
done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me. Matthew 25.40
Bishop James Conley
1300 S. Steele St.
Denver CO 80210
Tuesday, June 5th 2012
recent articles in the Denver Catholic Register highlighting local pro life ministries mainly highlight the
inadequate effort which is being made in the Archdiocese. And then, in the May 23rd article, reporter
Julie Filby gratuitously disparages the people who are out there 5 mornings a
week in front of Planned Parenthood, as they have been for the past 23 years,
saving babies from abortion by picketing and sidewalk counselling.
Ms. Filby's information, it is no use standing across the street from Planned
Parenthood once in a while, coming late and leaving early, and leaving it up to
Mary to communicate with the customers.
Why bother to come out ? Go home
or go to church, if all you are going to do is pray. God can hear you from home, and the abortion customers
can't hear you if you are standing across the street mumbling your
prayers. If it is up to God, then leave
it up to God and stop pretending that you are doing something.
who are serious about stopping abortion cross the street and make the effort to
communicate with the abortion customers. Mrs. L. is a nice lady, but she has
yet to make contact with any abortion customer at 38th and Pontiac and she
never will if she insists on standing across the street where there are no customers.
The reporter failed to notice Jo
Scott who has been talking to abortion customers in front of Rocky Mountain
Planned Parenthood 5 mornings a week since 1997 and who has saved a few hundred
babies by doing that. At the risk of
several false arrests. Hint: she gets on the same side of the street as
the customers and gets as close as she
can. Like our other ladder day saints, she gets up on the
ladder when that is the only way to talk to the customer.
Register reporter also failed to notice Ken
and Cliff and Tony who stand at the driveway and pass out Alternatives flyers to incoming abortion customers. Standing across the street and waiting for
the abortion customers to come to you is quite useless, as the reporter could
have discovered if she had spent some time out there, instead of doing a hit and run. Those fellows are out there every morning, 5
days a week. They get there on time: = before the customers
show up. They do their best to get
everyone going through the driveway to take literature. They pass out a lot of literature and it
often results in someone turning away from abortion. If the Register had sent out a competent
reporter, she might have picked up on that fact. On Saturday, June 16th 2012, the day before
Father's Day, Tony and Scott Evans got to talk to a young couple who changed
their minds, came back out, and burst into tears. They got them to go to an Alternatives
Center. On Friday July 20th Cliff and
Leslie talked to three Hispanic women who came out and said: You
Won. They will figure out soon
enough, when they see the baby, that they won.
are not going to pass out alternatives
information while you are standing across the street 300 feet away from the
nearest abortion customer ! Is that so
hard to figure out ? The reporter
neglected to ask Mrs. L. how many abortion customers she had talked to since
she started showing up there a couple times a month, for an hour, after all the
customers had gone in. The answer is none.
The silly quietist piety that all you should do is pray cripples what pretends to be a pro life
effort. Since Planned Parenthood has
gone to a lot of expense to stop us from communicating with their customers, it
is necessary to do something to counter that, like crossing the street,
handing out literature at the driveway, or getting up on a ladder. That high fence with its black curtains was
put up for a reason. That is the reason
for the ladders.
past year, with the help of Thomas More Society lawyers, Ken Scott fought off a
FACE attack by the Obama Justice Department which filed for an injunction to
keep Ken and the rest of us 25 feet away from the driveway and across the
street from the abortuary. Planned
Parenthood says a loud amen to the idea that we should just pray
and stay away from their customers.
The Justice Department also filed lawsuits against sidewalk counsellors in other states. The Denver Catholic Register couldn't be
bothered with the story. They are still
into stories which reflect the old organizational chauvinism like No Catholics Killed in Train Wreck and
the eagerness to conform and fit in--One
of Lincoln's Teachers Thought to Have Been Catholic. [ he had an Irish name ] Bill
Clinton Attended a Catholic University.
And found himself right at home there.
Parenthood recognizes that people handing out leaflets at the driveway is hard
on their business, their baby killing business.
We have survived a serious attack from the Obama Justice Department this
past year, no thanks to the Register or anyone else in the Archdiocese. Since they voluntarily stay away from the
driveway and across the street from the abortuary, they don't understand the
issue. The issue is how you save babies
from abortion at this location.
is no good excuse for the ignorance and fat-headed complacency displayed by
so-called Christians who imagine
themselves to be the front line of the battle while they righteously keep to
the rear--if they show up at all. Since
the time of Martin Luther King and the early Civil Rights Movement, the power
of nonviolent direct action should
be well known to any halfway educated person.
Since the time of Jesus Christ and his first followers the necessity of Bearing Witness to the truth should be
well known to anyone who claims to be a Christian.
isn't up to GodBlessAmerica and the Government to stop abortion. It is up to those who have received the Holy
Spirit of Jesus and the Mission to continue the Mission of Jesus as described
in John 20.21-22: Receive the Holy Spirit . . . As my Father sent me, even so I send you. We are supposed to be clones of Jesus and
animated by His Holy Spirit. Instead of
shrugging off the Mission with idle prayers, biennial votes and little bitty
checks to pro life lobbies.
didn't just go around loving
everybody, He also had the Courage to
Bear Witness to the Truth in public places and he said some things loud and
clear that seriously offended those he addressed. People try to be sweeter than Jesus and are
blind to their lack of that Courage to confront evil which is the number one
sign of the Holy Spirit. Love and Truth
and Courage all go together as signs of the Spirit. If you don't have it, you are not a
Christian. Which describes most
so-called Christians. They limit Bearing Witness to delivering a banquet speech to a sympathetic
audience. Versus telling people what they
don't want to hear as illustrated by Saint Stephen, Saint Paul and Jesus
Himself. Was Stephen unloving when he provoked his audience
to stone him ? In fact, he illustrates what Bearing Witness sometimes requires of
you can't say something nice, don't say anything at all ! is not one of the precepts taught by
Jesus. Stephen's witness led to the
conversion of the great Saint Paul. Who
was beaten and jailed for his witness. 2 Corinthians 11.23-25. Talking nice was not the style of the early
is a serious spiritual sickness in the doctrine that all you have to do is pray.
If the old man says a prayer that God will support his family and then
spends the rest of the day watching the ball game and drinking beer instead of
looking for work, is that admirable ? Do
you leave a sink full of dirty dishes and go to church to pray that God will do
the dishes ? And, if that doesn't work,
you recruit more people to pray with you ?
By way of excuse for their cowardice, people have brainwashed themselves
to believe that all you can do is pray
the rosary to stop abortion.
God is responsible for abortion.
All we can do is pray and vote.
Leave it to God and the government to take care of it. The bolder ones will go so far as to shake
the rosary at incoming customers.
is a reverse theology--a perverse
theology--in the way that so-called Christians
approach the abortion issue: it is
up to God and / or Mary to stop
abortion, my job is to pray. Of
course, God won't do anything unless you tell him to do it--unless a whole big
bunch gets out there and lobbies him. It
is up to God to do it, and up to the prayer lobby to make Him do it. He is Our Servant who must do what we are too
chicken to do. It is up to Him to clean
up the mess we made.
that omits is the Christian life. In
which, by the power of the Holy Spirit, we become clones of Jesus and do what
the Spirit calls us to do. In true
Christian theology, the arrows run the other way. Instead of me telling God what to do, I shut up and listen to Him telling me
what I should do. That is real
prayer. The other kind of prayer is
silly superstition. Is an abuse of
prayer. Is the sure sign of apostate and
cowardly Christians who take the name
in vain. Under cover of their long prayers, the Pharisees concealed
what they were really doing--absorbing the property of widows. Matthew 23.14 Modern Christians use long prayers to
conceal from themselves and others their lack of Christian Courage, their
refusal to get serious about stopping abortion.
It is an abuse of prayer to use
it as an excuse for neglecting all the effective things you could do--in
person--to stop abortion. As James
2.15-16 instructs us, we have not the right to substitute prayer for doing what
we can and should do.
living on easy street:
the conveyer belt
Grandon's remarks in the May 23rd article suggest that they had a conveyer belt
in Bettendorf Iowa which automatically conveyed Planned Parenthood's abortion
customers across the street to her crisis pregnancy center where she could
counsel them. It will be a long time
before you get a permit to set up one of those at 38th and Pontiac. Ms. Grandon is begging the question as to how
you get a pregnant woman to go to the Alternatives Center in the first
place. If you can get her to do that,
the battle is already half won. If you
can't, you aren't going to counsel her once she has disappeared into Planned
Parenthood. They will do the counseling.
doubt there is an art to counseling a woman once she has gone into a crisis
pregnancy center. There is also a
science--a moral science--as to how you get her to go in there instead of into
the abortuary. Of which Ms. Grandon
obviously knows nothing. She is not a sidewalk counsellor and does not know
the first thing about it. You should get
someone who does.
do know something about it. Experience is the best teacher. Since we started our 5 morning a week
Sidewalk Counselling effort in August of 1989 we have diverted hundreds of women
away from the Planned Parenthood abortuary and taken them to alternatives
centers. We averaged two rescues a week at 20th and Vine. We average one a week at 38th and
Pontiac. Because they have fewer than
half the customers they used to have. We
had something to do with that.
about how to counsel an abortion bound woman is irrelevant until you address the question as to how you
get the chance to talk to her in the first place. When a woman goes to an Alternatives
Pregnancy Center voluntarily, she is looking for an Alternative. When she goes
to an abortion clinic, she is looking for an abortion. Could we get that
straight before any more silliness is printed on this subject ? The real question--the question the Register
article spaces out--is how you divert her from the abortuary to some
reality is that women headed for an abortion appointment at Planned Parenthood
are going to keep that appointment unless a Sidewalk Counsellor heads them off.
Very few of them are going to
wander into an Alternatives Center by mistake, even if it is right across the
street. Planned Parenthood has already
put up Enter Here signs so that
their customers don't make that mistake.
Unless a Sidewalk Counsellor
or a rescuer gets her to turn back, an abortion bound
woman is going to go in and have the abortion.
foolish illusion that the Alternatives
Center is the answer to
abortion arises from the self-induced myopia of a lot of nominal pro lifers who refuse to confront
abortion. It gives them an excuse for
their cowardice. Then, from a safe
distance, they criticize us for doing
what they are too chicken to do. It is
in fact a camouflaged pro choice
position: We never confront, we only counsel.
An ultrasound will turn a
woman away from abortion if you can
first get her away from PP.
Alternatives Center--the Crisis Pregnancy Center--is a necessary and important
adjunct to the battle to stop abortion.
There are many things which are necessary to support a battle. Using any one of them as the excuse to avoid
the battle is wrong. Comforting aborted
women is an important work of mercy.
Using it as the excuse for the failure to prevent abortion by confronting
abortion bound customers is wrong. An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of
Sidewalk Counselling is what we have been doing since
August 1989 when we launched a five day a week Sidewalk Counselling effort at
20th and Vine where the Planned Parenthood surgical
clinic was located. And there had
been people out there for years before that.
Jeanne Hill's booklet on Sidewalk Counselling is still worth
reading. As is Joe Scheidler's book: Closed:
99 Ways to Stop Abortion.
There was a nucleus of people who came out once or twice a week or who
had come out and they provided a foundation for our daily witness. And new people joined us.
rescuing babies from the trash
we launched our 5 morning a week witness in August 1989, we began to save
babies in earnest. Two a week on the
average. We have the pictures to prove
it. I have a picture of me and Jennifer
who came by to show us her baby. I
attended a baptism at a Russian Orthodox Church of a baby we saved. On December 26th 1999, three babies were born
on the same day to three different women we had Sidewalk Counselled at 20th and
Vine. Have you ever saved a life--two
lives at once ? There is something
rather exhilarating about it. There is
no high like it. It can easily become an addiction.
Parenthood set up its first abortuary at 20th and Vine soon after Roe versus
Wade led to allowing free standing abortion clinics. ( The 1967 Colorado law still restricted
abortions to hospitals.) They had two
houses there, all of their customers had to park on the street and walk across
the sidewalk. So it was a perfect set up
for Sidewalk Counselling. If you can walk up to abortion customers on
the public sidewalk, talk to them quietly and hand them an alternatives flyer, that is the best way to do it. It saves babies from the trash.
then Planned Parenthood launched the first of a long series of
moves--situational and legal and pseudo-legal--designed to insulate their
customers from Sidewalk Counsellors.
They tore down those houses and three other houses and built a clinic with a parking lot, so their
customers would not have to cross the sidewalk.
Later they put up six foot canvas curtains to screen their customers
from anti abortion activists out on the sidewalk. That is when we first started using
mustered a bunch of escorts--deathscorts we called them--NARAL
volunteers and staff from their contraception clinics--who would come out and
surround any abortion customer who missed the driveway and parked on the
street. That resulted in skirmishes
where the sidewalk counsellor trying to talk to the customer was physically
1991 the City of Denver passed an 8 foot
buffer ordinance aimed at forcing Sidewalk Counsellors to stay 8 feet away
from abortion customers. In 1993 the
State of Colorado passed their version of the same law. Meanwhile, there was a campaign of false
arrests aimed at our picket line by the pro abort court house establishment of
the City of Denver. Over the years, we
had more than 100 arrests for all sorts of legal junk--disturbing the peace by talking too loud, air trespass etc. They hired
Denver police officers as security guards.
new facility at 38th and Pontiac where they moved in August of 2008 was
designed as a fortress in which they would be able to kill in peace. They have made it harder to do sidewalk
counselling, properly so-called, but, as usual, their efforts have been self
defeating. They have actually given us
the opportunity to lay siege to their fortress in various ways. Down a long block, their customers have to
run a gauntlet of anti abortion posters to get in there. And the customer entrance forms a kind of
amphitheater in which people calling out Don't
Do It ! over the fence can be clearly heard.
effect of the picket line
when you cannot do sidewalk counselling, it is important to do whatever you can
to turn people away from abortion. When
we first established the 5 day a week picket line we saw a lot of turnaways. Cars with Wyoming license plates and young
couples inside, arriving when the abortions were scheduled, would circle the
block a couple of times and then vanish.
They may have gone some where else for the abortion but at least they
had another day or two to think about it.
Sometimes we found out months later about a baby we had saved, someone
who had turned away because of the picket line, even if they didn't talk to us
at the time.
research arm, the Alan Guttmacher Institute, estimated that 25 percent of women who fail to keep the
appointment, for whatever reason, do not have the abortion. Obviously, turning people back from the
abortuary with a conspicuous picket line is worth doing, whether or not you get
the chance to counsel them. When their
customers make the abortion appointment they have to tell them to expect a
picket line. Which discourages customers
unwilling to deal with that. So now we
get those who are willing to run the gauntlet of an anti abortion picket line
for the sake of a cheap abortion. They
used to have 30 abortion customers on a Friday.
Now they have a third of that.
who have never made a serious commitment to prevent abortion criticize us for
displaying gory abortion posters and shouting at customers. There are a dozen abortuaries in this area
where there are almost never any protestors.
Those who criticize us can have one of them all to themselves. Show us how to do it. We'll come by and criticize. The last I heard, one blind man was picketing
Planned Parenthood in Fort Collins all by himself.
using graphic posters
on the planet has seen those 65 year old movies of the Nazi death camps which
show the horror of the mass murder of the Jews in World War II. It is our duty to watch them over and over
and over. We are regularly exposed to
pictures of battered women for which we are somehow to blame. But supposedly it is reprehensible to display
graphic pictures of the murder of embryo children, quite a few of them Jewish,
which is going on in every American city right now while we refuse to know anything
about it, while we insist on calling it medicine. And the Christian
cowards go along with this ban for fear of not meeting worldly standards of
respectability. They swallow the
criticism, make it their standard of righteousness, and take pride in what they won't do.
graphic abortion pictures violates the canons of suit and tie respectability
which are the foundation of conformist Christianity. It is not polite to tell the truth and even
less polite to show the truth via gory posters.
Those who produced the grisly remains are not to be blamed, rather, we
are to be blamed for showing the pictures.
My children may get upset. It is not the kids who get upset, it is the
woman who is concealing something from her kids. Her secret shame has shown up on the public
sidewalk and she does not want to answer any questions from her kids about
picture is worth a thousand words. When
an abortion customer drives into the Planned Parenthood abortuary with the
windows up and the radio on, you have a 30 second window of opportunity to show
them a sign which may save the life of that baby scheduled to be put in the
trash within the hour. Then you have a
minute to say something to abortion customers getting out of their cars and
going into the clinic, 50 to 100 feet
away. It requires a condensed speech in
a loud voice: . . . Don't Kill Your Baby
! . . .
Your mother didn't put you in the trash ! . . . Dios dice que No ! No Mata a Tu Bebe ! It is Not
Moral for people to stay silent while babies are being killed. It is a serious spiritual aberration when
people convince themselves that they have no obligation to say something when
they have the chance. Nor is it a call which belongs to the few of us
willing to do it. In carnal warfare the
few are called or conscripted or
hired to get themselves dismembered on the front lines while the rest Support the Troops with a $ 1 bumper
sticker and a free mini flag. In
Christian spiritual warfare we are all called to the front line. We are all called to be the soldiers of Jesus
Christ. Not to hang back, wave the flag,
and make money off the war, like all the patriots.
is the style of most so called pro life organizations. They use the issue to launch political careers, raise funds, and build
organizations. You are Doing Something by sending me a check. I will take care of it. The number one sin of pro life organizations
is that they teach people to buy their way out of a defining moral and
spiritual obligation. Pray, Vote, Write a Check. And you are guaranteed a place with all the
other goats on judgment day. They peddle
the false faith that abortion will be ended by popular vote or a clever new
legal strategy within the comfortable boundaries of conventional politics and
law. the people Will Vote and
Abortion Will End ! The Masses Are With Us ! Crowds praying and voting will finally bring
an end to abortion ! You don't need to
stick your neck out. Just stick with the
crowd. Be safe. Stick with Dr. Wilke and conventional
politics. Dr. Wilke refuses to doubt the
sincerity of the presidential candidate who converted
to pro life in time for the election. He
doesn't doubt his own sincerity. And,
within the limits of what is safe and solvent and respectable at the highest
level, he is sincere.
real Christian is called to bear witness, is called to do battle on behalf of
the kingdom. If you ignore the call, you
put yourself in the class of those to whom He will say: I never
knew you. What claim do you have on
Jesus if you don't have the Courage to follow Him ? If you follow Him only at a very safe distance like the
dis-Spirited apostles after He was arrested.
Shouting with Al Garcia
I first showed up at 20th and Vine in March 1989, there was a small group out
there on a Saturday. Al Garcia was there
calling out to the customers. One of the
others suggested that I tell him to shut up.
Since I had just gotten there, I didn't see that it was my place to do
that. After I had gone there a few times
I arrived at the conclusion that Al Garcia was right and his critics were
wrong. He was obviously committed to the
battle to stop abortion any way he could.
He had to communicate with the abortion customers from 50 feet away
between the time they got out of the car in the parking lot and the time they
went in the door. There was no chance to
sidewalk counsel with most of
them. You had the choice of saying
nothing or shouting loud enough for them to hear.
was standing across the street when a couple of hoodlums jumped you with lethal
intent, would you want me to restrict myself to praying for your survival
? Or offer a quiet and dignified
remonstrance: That's not very nice, what you fellows are doing to that man . .
Would you be greatly offended if I were to shout out something rude and
crude and unloving like: Help
! Murder ! Police !
The monkey fell in the grease ! ? In
short, if it was your neck on the block, would you be so picky as to what
someone did or said by way of trying to save it ?
doubt we have gotten people out there who have said inappropriate things. The worst things they have said don't compare
with what is done on the other side of the fence where babies are dismembered
and thrown in the trash under the label of medicine. What is truly disgusting are all the people
with the pious self-deception that they are doing something when they won't
even say something--I can't say anything
to my niece, but I will pray for her.
picket line in a public place is liable to attract all sorts, just like the
Cathedral downtown. No doubt a few of
them are a little crazy and / or
mean-spirited. Like me, after all
these years. But 99 per cent of what is
said and done out there is more or less on target and done in the spirit of Do Something to stop a killing. No doubt abortuaries attract demons. But they also attract people who are strong
in the Spirit. And we persistently win
that battle. That is the only way we have
lasted out there for 23 years. It is a
privilege to join the community of
those who come out in the Spirit to do battle with the servants of
Moloch--those who sacrifice children for the sake of money. There is a real fellowship of spiritual and
moral struggle out there.
may be vulgar to shout at other people in a public place, unless it is a
football game where everybody is doing it.
It is even more vulgar to stand there and say nothing while a preborn
baby is on the way to being dismembered and thrown in the trash bucket. The Judgment described in Matthew
25.31-46 will pardon the one kind of
vulgarity a lot sooner than it will the other.
Those who refuse to rescue the
least of these when they have the chance will surely be standing with the
goats on Judgment Day. There are a lot
of nicely dressed people down in hell.
They may be respectable in the
eyes of the world, but Jesus has a different standard.
have brain-washed themselves to believe that church decorum is proper on the
sidewalk in front of an abortuary. It
makes them feel safe, even though the babies are not safe. Dignity,
always dignity. What dignity is
there in silently acquiescing to the murder of preborn children ?
outdoor memorial for aborted children is a suitable place for a service at
which church decorum prevails. But, when you are out in front of the
abortuary, they aren't dead
yet !!! You still have the chance to rescue them
! By showing a sign, or saying something or even shouting
something ! It is appropriate to pray
for those who are dying. It is not
appropriate to pray for healthy babies about to be killed and to use that as the excuse for doing nothing to prevent it!
you are standing around praying for those about to be killed, praying that God
might yet work a miracle to save them, it is appropriate to ask and answer some
questions: what could we have done to prevent this ? . . . what could we have done
that we neglected to do ? . . . what could I have done ? . . . what can we do
to prevent future killings ? . . . how did we all get locked into this
money-loving lifestyle which is locked into contraception and abortion ?
it righteous to pray for manna from heaven, after we neglect to plant a crop
? To pray over a child who is starving
to death because we neglected to feed her ?
( cf. James 2.15-16 )
forgave those who had committed sin. But
the judgment described in Matthew 25.31-46 offers no further forgiveness to
those guilty of the Great Sin of Omission.
That describes the Church today and most of those in it. They congratulate themselves on being saved while their grandchildren are
headed for the trash bucket at the abortuary.
The Rescuers of the late 80s and early 90s
arrived at the abortuary before the
customers did, then sat down and blocked the entrance. They did their praying and singing after they did something effective to
stop the abortions from happening. Which
leads to a couple of questions: What happened to the Rescue Movement ? How can we revive it ? They did not arrive late, after all the
abortion customers were inside, and then content themselves with praying. Is this really such a righteous thing to do
? Is this really all that God asks from
isn't just that those who pretend to be pro
life Christians neglect bearing witness--like handing out pro life
leaflets--and neglect serious and sustained nonviolent direct action efforts to
rescue babies. They raised their
children in that luxurious, two-income, Careers
for Women lifestyle which requires women to depend upon contraception
backed by abortion until they finally have a baby in their thirties. They illustrate what St. Paul meant when he
said that the love of money is the root
of all evil. It is in fact the tap
root of abortion.
the false claim
perpetuate the false claim that Roe
versus Wade is the cause of abortion in America--it is just some legal
fluke which the lawyers and the politicians can fix. The first step in the direction of doing
something effective to stop abortion is to discard that illusion which has
justified so many doomed and useless political and legal efforts.
were already an estimated 100,000 illegal abortions every year in the State of
California alone when Governor Ronald Reagan signed the 1967 liberal abortion law. That is what generated the pressure to make
it legal. A month earlier, the Republican
controlled legislature of Colorado passed a liberal
abortion law which the Republican governor signed. A few Catholic Democrats voted against it.
states followed suit. The Roe v. Wade decision in 1973 brought a
few backward states into line with
what had become a national consensus. These laws in effect recognized that
contraception backed by abortion was basic to the American life style. It is also basic to the American Catholic
life style, regardless of the official position of the Church--the on paper position. That is what has to be fixed.
later apologized for signing the California bill. He was just a crazy mixed-up kid when he was
Governor of California. He didn't know
what he was doing. He hadn't thought it
through. People give him a pass because
they give themselves a pass. His vice
President George Bush also changed his position on choice as a condition of being included on the ticket. That is the kind of hypocrisy which has
dominated our national politics ever since.
Mr. Romney is the latest candidate to change his position. Is Mr. Romney sincerely pro life ? Yes, of
course. As a matter of verbiage, he is
sincerely in favor of whatever will win votes.
road back from a contracepted and aborted life style requires something more
than prayer. Because it is our fault,
not God's fault. He can't fix it until
we fix it. A good place to begin is in
the company of those who do what they can to confront abortion by bearing witness. It is a place to re-discover that Spirit of
Courage which regenerates the Christian life by guiding us into all truth.
pray and vote: the
people are with us
nominally pro life conformist Christians have never believed in
getting out there with a picket sign.
They believe in leaving it up to God and the government. Their call is to: 1. pray
2. vote 3. send $ 5 to a pro life
lobby in Washington. They fool
themselves that some day, some how, Roe
v. Wade will be over turned by some legal sleight of hand. They fool themselves that The People will rise up and stop
abortion by a one fingered gesture in the anonymous safety of the voting
closet. They still assume that the people are with us and that the police will protect us. They are not ready to recognize that the people are not with us and that the police now Serve and Protect Planned Parenthood.
cling to the illusion that abortion can be stopped within the comfortable
limits of American law and politics.
Some day a pro life president will appoint Supreme Court Justices who
will overturn Roe v. Wade. Sooner or later, they will be forced to
abandon that illusion. Any of them with
sense already have.
rest won't wake up until they discover that their grandchildren are headed for
the trash bucket at the Planned Parenthood abortuary. And that there is no longer any one out there
trying to prevent it. They may be savedbut their families are headed for the trash.
do not believe in nonviolent direct action and when they are forced to abandon
the illusion that praying and voting will take care of it, they will turn to
their bedrock faith that a
good man with
a gun answereth
to evil ( John 30-30,
Luke 45-70, Matthew 12 gauge ) as
seen on TV every night of the week.
think there is a real possibility of another civil war in America. Not over abortion really, but the usual
contest for power and money, will invoke the issue of abortion as its moral justification just as slavery was
invoked to justify the last one.
direct action--Sidewalk Counselling--picketing and leafletting--has turned out
to be the only remedy we have left for stopping abortion. Even though the few of us doing Sidewalk Counselling are a small and
unpopular minority, we are at least a rear guard in the rout of the mainstream
pro life movement, which was built upon secular Christian illusions. The doctrine that abortion can some how, some
day, be stopped via conventional politics is convenient for those who use the
abortion issue to raise money and
pursue political power. That defines the
limits of their real agenda.
that is where we are now in respect to abortion. The Sidewalk Counsellors represent the one
realistic way to stop abortion and the last hope for putting an end to the
violence of abortion without resorting to violence. At a minimum, the first amendment right to
protest is a kind of safety valve. As
witness all the countries which lacked such rights and which have now exploded
into violent protests.
me, using nonviolent direct action--aka first amendment rights--has been one of
the major callings of my life. I was a
Freedom Rider in 1961 and a Draft Card burner in 1966. I have seen major changes in America because
of the peace and civil rights movements of the 1960s. Nonviolent direct action--sit-ins and Freedom
Rides--finally put an end to racial segregation. The anti Vietnam War movement built upon the
success of the Civil Rights Movement.
For one of the very few times in history people continued to oppose a
war and resisted being intimidated. It
is true that those movements were soon infected with a contrary spirit. And they did not remain faithful to The Spiritual Warfare of Jesus Christ. [ See my article on the web site. ] The Rescue Movement of the 1980s had a better
discipline. While it lasted, it was a
remarkable example of what a nonviolent direct action movement can do. ( More about that later. )
the Lord's one man army
Garcia was a one man army out in front of the abortuary at 20th and Vine. He was wonderfully eloquent in both Spanish
and English. He was often very
funny. He would challenge the manhood of
the pugnacious boy friend escorting his lady friend and fiercely protecting her
abortion. You're supposed to be the man of the house, not the mouse of the house. He was a banty rooster of a fellow who would
square off in fearless mock combat with belligerent boy friends, regardless of
their size. Like a gigantic ex football
player who towered over him--he would have crushed him if he had fallen on him. You
better stick to beating up on babies . . . those babies can't fight back, we
could . . . It was mostly bluff but
he was good at it.
have seen it happen a dozen times that some very angry man or woman, after
cussing and threatening us, decided not to have the abortion after all. The anger is a healthy sign--it shows that
they are bothered by what they are about to do.
You risk getting shoved or punched.
But you may save a life. Is that
not worth the risk ? In our patriotic
piety we applaud those who get themselves killed on the other side of the
world--after doing a lot of killing themselves--to protect our freedom. How
much are we willing to risk ? We take
financial risks to reap a profit in the stock market or the real estate
market. How about a risk aimed at saving
the life of a baby ?
would kneel down on the sidewalk in front of an abortion bound woman and plead
in English or in Spanish: I beg you for the life of that baby ! When she burst into tears, he had a save.
And, despite his lack of funds he would reach into his own pocket to
give her grocery money.
his days as a junk man he had a wonderful collection of props that he
used. He would don a gorilla suit and
carry a stuffed monkey doll and stand at the driveway: Gorillas don't kill their kids !
He had a big wooden Santa Claus he brought out at Christmas.
day he found a dead cat on his way there so he brought it along. He stood at the gate and when a customer went
in he would hold up the cat and say: This cat is going to get a decent burial,
your baby won't ! He got away with
it for about 15 minutes before the cops showed up.
regularly addressed the staff: Learn to Love Children ! He really did love children. He raised half a dozen of his own and adopted
several more. He died of a sudden heart
attack in July of 2008, just before we made the move to 38th and Pontiac. I saw him out there that morning. He saved a lot of babies by his fearless
witness and I have no doubt as to where he is now. Or that he is still with us out there in
versus the pro abort court house
day Al used the Spanish word La Negra
when speaking to a black Planned Parenthood staffer. So they called the police and said he had
called her the N. word. The District 2 Police decided there was
nothing to it and declined to write a ticket.
But that wasn't the end of it.
Planned Parenthood's Security
Consultant, Detective Carol Yates, worked her magic down at the City and
County building and a week later two sheriff's deputies showed up in a big van
with a warrant for Al's arrest on one felony
count of ethnic intimidation, $
50,000 bond. The next morning, the jail
house magistrate, who, unlike most of them, was not an errand boy for Planned
Parenthood, dropped the charge to misdemeanor harassment and turned Al loose on $ 100 bond. I never saw $ 50,000 disappear so fast. Al eventually won that case and all his
others, one of them on appeal. He was
the first one of us to appeal a case to the District Court and he wrote the
appeal brief himself.
was the lightning rod for the attack on our picket line under color of the law which intensified after August of 1989, when
we launched the daily picket. But it was
well under way even before that. In 1988
Jeanne Hill and Joan Cannon were hauled off to jail in handcuffs and charged
with Disturbing the Peace for signs
which read The Killing Place. Bishop James Mote was arrested for the same
sign. The case was dismissed and the
city eventually paid them a settlement but it did have the intended
real reason for the arrest was the other side of the signs: a blow up ultrasound photo of an 8 week old
embryo--the age when most abortions are done.
It was the first time anyone had deployed a graphic picture out
there. Planned Parenthood agrees with
our critics in banning the use of graphic pictures. It conflicts with PP's story line that it is only fetal tissue or two
tablespoons of fluid.
if that were true, a fluid which can
grow into a baby is priceless. But of
course they wish to conceal the fact that an embryo child who has reached the
age of surgical abortion--8 weeks gestation--already looks like a baby. There is a national consensus which aids and
abets Planned Parenthood in concealing this fact. Which is why it is a major moral disgrace
that what pretends to be a pro life movement has never yet carried out a mass
distribution, person to person, of The First Nine Months / Los Primeros Nueve Meses. ( copies enclosed ) That is one of the obvious things we could
and should do when and if we ever get serious about stopping abortion.
every election year, enthusiastic volunteers aggressively hand out millions of
dollars worth of leaflets for nominally pro
life candidates and doomed legal initiatives. Which perpetuate the false faith that abortion will be ended by popular vote--The
Majority Is With Us ! The Personhood initiative still promotes the
false hope that the phantom moral
majority, stepping into the anonymous voting closet, and deploying one
finger, will end abortion in America. [
see Four Fallacies pf the Personhood
Amendment ] Conventional politics is
respectable. Do it yourself sidewalk level pro life
education is not. That is why the
respectable Christians won't do it.
we launched the 5 day a week picket line, the Denver Police, under pressure
from a city government dominated by Planned Parenthood and NARAL, intensified
their harassment. Detective Carol Yates.
who had framed up the charge against the two women, continued to frame up
charges against the rest of us. She
became a false arrest specialist who used her position with the Police
Department to trump up cases against Sidewalk Counsellors.
was all sorts of back stairs collusion between Planned Parenthood and the
police and political establishment of the City of Denver. We belatedly found out about some of it via discovery in the Section 1983 under color of the law federal lawsuit
we filed against Planned Parenthood and the City of Denver in 1994. We learned about the Neighbors Meetings, sponsored by Planned Parenthood and NARAL, and
attended by police captains and representatives of the Mayor's office and the
City Attorney's office where neighbors--supportors
of Planned Parenthood--were recruited and encouraged to make complaints against
recruited a hoodlum who lived across the street and the city attorney gave him
a pass on his own cases in exchange for his repeated complaints that we had disturbed his peace. Pastor Harvey Baynes was arrested while
preaching a sermon out there, as was Bishop Robert Zeiger.
1989 and 1997 we had more than 100 arrests for disturbing the peace by calling out to customers and air trespass--Ken leaning over the
property line on a ladder--and all sorts of other legal junk, including pure
frame ups. I had been arrested before in
the Civil Rights Movement and the Peace Movement, but this was the first time I
was ever arrested on a frame up, a pure fabrication. That was after I began promoting the five day
a week picket line.
had half a dozen arrests and spent 45 days in the Denver County Jail in the
spring of 1990 on one bogus complaint and one completely fabricated
complaint. Al Garcia competed with Ken
Scott for most arrests. We weren't just
ticketed, we were routinely hauled off to jail in hand cuffs and forced to post
bond as part of a special policy of police harassment aimed at pro life
activists. We spent some long nights in
jail and some long days in court.
hired Denver police officers as security guards and constantly called the
police to harass us. Some of the police
officers were personally pro life and others recognized that they were being
used as errand boys for Planned Parenthood and in effect suspending the First
Amendment guarantees of free speech in regard to pro life activists.
sometimes helped us even while maintaining the facade of righteous law
enforcement which they didn't believe in any more than we did. They would go through the motions.
most unscrupulous judges down there were given our cases. Old court house hacks who had long since left
behind any belief in the law or in their own integrity. But even the few judges who were personally pro life were obviously under heavy
pressure to go along with the rest of the court house gang. Although, sometimes, having done their NARAL
duty to a pro life defendant in public, the same judge would manage to do us a
favor in the back office like giving us a low appeal bond. Sometimes one of those judges would hand out
what appeared to be a tough sentence and then suspend it. One judge who ostensibly slammed Al Garcia,
even though he obviously liked and respected him, reminded me of the In Cold Blood criminal who says that he
really respected the man who was the head of the murdered farm family and that
he felt that way even while he was cutting his throat.
Pilate respected Jesus but his own career and even his neck were on the block
if he turned him loose. He is the model
for all those judges who must now defend the legal proposition that abortion is
medicine. And that those who interfere
with it are interfering with health care.
can any judge pretend to moral integrity and then go along with the laws which
protect abortion ? How can any
conscientious police officer treat the abortuary as a health care facility and those who interfere with its operations as
criminals ? What a morally miserable
position to be in !
legalized killing of 50 million babies in America has brought about a
corruption of the entire judicial establishment--has multiplied the corruption
that was already there. A government
which goes along with putting babies in the trash has lost any claim to
authority. Judgment at Nuremberg has a dramatic presentation of what happened
to the German judges when they had to justify and apply the laws of Hitler's
you don't have to go back to Hitler's Germany to find a parallel. In the American South in the early 1960s
there was a wholesale corruption of the legal establishment by the necessity of
providing a legal camouflage for racial segregation. It was not possible for a civil rights
activist to get a fair trial. John
Kennedy appointed five of the worst segregationist judges ever to sit on the
federal bench, totally unscrupulous men who went along with the agenda of the
segregationists and bent or broke the law to accommodate it. ( see
the book Kennedy Justice. ) To preserve his own career, he had to cater
to the segregationist wing of the Democratic Party. Today, Democrat politicians have to cater to
the pro abortion wing of the Party.
then the jury pool has been brainwashed by the mainstream media. The pervasive prejudice against pro life
activists which is found even among nominally pro life Christians is produced
by the relentless policy of the media to either ignore us or smear us. You would never learn that we save babies by
standing out there carrying signs and harassing
women. The only time they put the
spotlight on us is when someone somewhere shoots an abortionist. [ cf. my bulletin The Media Murders the Pro Life Movement ] It is almost impossible for a pro life
activist to find a jury which has any sympathy with what we do. Plus juries have no understanding of what the
First Amendment actually allows. They
don't get out there with signs and disturb
the peace by yelling and screaming
at people so they don't see why we have to.
the free speech fight:
Zeiger and Martin
to some heavenly help and some stout hearted men and women, we stood up to the
harassment and we won almost all of our cases eventually. We learned to defend ourselves either pro se or with the help of volunteer
lawyers the best we could. And despite
the harassment, we kept on rescuing babies.
Robert Zeiger won 7 free speech acquittals, including one from the notorious
Judge Jacqueline St. Joan, which shocked Planned Parenthood and ended her
judicial career. Mike Martin won 8 free
speech acquittals, several on appeal from the County Court to the District
developed a cumulative free speech brief which we still recycle, made up of lawyer's briefs and judge's
decisions and our own pro se
cases. One morning, Mike Martin had a
long, long argument with a pugnacious and threatening boy friend who finally
threw in the towel and brought his lady friend back out.
who save their First Amendment Rights for banquet speeches, naively suppose
that the right of free speech is guaranteed in America. Actually, free speech is guaranteed every
where in the world for those who are patriotic supporters of the
government. In China or Russia or North
Korea you can speak freely in support of the establishment and the status quo. And those who belong to the loyal and
powerful opposition are often given the same privilege. As are those who are just blowing off steam
on the talk show, with no intention of doing anything beyond talking. But when you join that small minority which
actively opposes social evil and challenges the Principalities and Powers of this world, the free speech guarantee vanishes.
1917, when America jumped into the war to end all wars, also
known as the war to make the world safe for Democracy, there were 10,000 prosecutions under the Patriot Act. People wound up with felony convictions and
10 years in the penitentiary just for passing out anti war leaflets or talking
against the war or against conscription.
[ see Perilous Times by Geoffrey Stone
and Opponents of War 1917-1918 H.C. Peterson and Gilbert C. Fite ]
same kind of extra legal law enforcement developed in the South in response to
the nonviolent direct action Civil Rights movement of the early 1960s. Kids walking down the sidewalk with signs
were arrested for parading without a
permit. Clergy praying on the court
house steps were arrested for loitering. A couple of fellows trying to register black
voters in Louisiana wound up spending months in jail charged with felony sedition--trying to over throw the
government of the State of Louisiana. In
1961 I was arrested with other freedom
riders just for walking into the whites only waiting room of the bus station in Jackson Mississippi
in a racially mixed group. We were
charged with Breach of the Peace. Despite 80 police officers, our presence
there was liable to start a riot, so the police captain ordered us to Move On ! and, when we didn't, we were
under color of the law
kind of bogus law enforcement eventually became the justification for Section 1983 of Title VII of the 1965
Civil Rights Act. Which we invoked in
the federal lawsuit filed on our behalf by the American Family Association
lawyers after Cliff Powell and David Lane were clubbed by Planned Parenthood's
new Security Consultant in the course
of them confiscating the signs and crosses we put up out front. He replaced Detective Carol Yates after we
finally got rid of her. It says that
when the police attack your first amendment rights under color of the law, you can sue them in federal court.
may not be worth that much when you have a judge who is a Clinton appointee, as
we did. But we did come close enough to
winning to force the Denver Police and the City Attorney to back off from a
policy of persecution which many officers had participated in reluctantly. They were well aware that they were being
used as errand boys for Planned Parenthood.
also, by that time, they had begun to figure out that the Spirit which kept us
going was too tough for them.
Individuals quit, but the pro life witness continued. When Christians confront the principalities and powers of this world
in the power of the Spirit, they win.
When you rely upon the power of
the people you don't win. That is
another false faith--the essence of humanism.
Attorney Bill Ritter, who was nominally pro
life, looked at the video of the
clubbing and found no probable cause
to file charges--even though our two fellows wound up in the hospital with
bloody heads. Like looking at a body
with 5 bullet holes and ruling it a suicide.
He thereby showed Planned Parenthood and NARAL that they could count on
him and so he secured his future in the Democratic Party--such as it was. He was a missionary once, and supposedly pro life, but, like so many ambitious men,
he sold his birthright for a mess of pottage.
have established our right to rescue children from the trash the hard way. By picketing, leafletting, shouting out for
the babies, and sidewalk counselling.
And still have to fight off new attacks.
Supposedly our rights are secured by the First Amendment of the Federal
Constitution and the Second Amendment of the Colorado Constitution. They aren't secure at all. But when God calls you to open your mouth for the speechless, you
had better do it lest you wind up like Jonah.
Our security comes from a different source entirely. Our right of free speech is a commission from
Jesus which is valid regardless of what any Constitution is supposed to mean
this week. And the very stones cry out against the murder of the children.
is a basic difference between the first amendment rights of pro life Sidewalk
Counsellors and those of others who claim the protection of the First
Amendment. We don't just protest abortion, we prevent
abortion. Two lives saved and Planned
Parenthood loses $ 500 and also loses its moral justification that these abortions are necessary. And there is no way to compromise. Is abortion medicine or is it murder ? A union picket line intends to at least
eventually resolve the dispute with management.
Customers crossing a union picket line to buy bread are not deeply
ambivalent about it and easily embarrassed about what they are doing. The store loses $ 20 if they turn back.
one person out there with a sign throws a monkey wrench into the works of the
abortion mill. It is the great shame of
the so called Christian so called pro life movement that so many of these
abortuaries operate with no effective interference.
the upper levels of the law there is an extreme standard of first amendment
rights, inherited from the 1960s, which most people do not understand or agree
with. And which they would never extend
to pro life activists, if it was left up to them. Large groups of protestors who enjoy some
popular support and a sympathetic media spotlight are likely to have their
first amendment rights protected. Pro
life activists, out there harassing women,
are classed as terrorists.
we do out there is a matter of life and death.
Quite aside from my rights as a
protestor, there is the little matter of babies being put in the trash and
women having a life time of regret. The
baby's right to life and her mother's right to escape from 20 years of
nightmares are in fact intertwined with our right to carry on Sidewalk
Counselling under the protection of basic free speech rights supposedly
guaranteed by the Constitution. Which
the FACE law and CRS 18-9-122 have seriously undermined. Rights which all the nominal pro lifers--all the conformist Christians--are too chicken to use. Then they criticize us for using them.
bottom line is that we have saved hundreds of babies from the trash and
hundreds of mothers from feeling like trash by a dedicated daily use of nonviolent direct action = bearing christian
witness to the truth
about abortion. cf. Proverbs 31.8-9
(nKJ) Open your mouth
for the speechless,
In the cause
of all who
are appointed to die.
. . . plead the cause of the poor and needy. cf.
John 18.37 For
this cause came I into the world, that I should bear witness unto the truth. And, in John 20.21-22 he passes that mission
on to us. cf. Matthew 25.40 Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the
least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me.
the 8 foot ordinance
1991 the City of Denver passed an 8 foot
buffer ordinance designed to force Sidewalk Counsellors to stay away from
abortion customers. In 1993 NARAL and
Planned Parenthood pushed CRS 18-9-122 through the Colorado legislature, a
state version of the 8 foot ordinance.
The President of NARAL posed for pictures with the Governor when he
signed it into law.
laws were modeled upon a Boulder law pushed by NARAL a few years earlier when
Leslie Durgin was Mayor of Boulder and director of the Boulder Valley [ aborted
] Women's Clinic. She is now a vice
president of Rocky Mountain Planned Parenthood.
And set up Jo Scott's 2007 arrest by having PP staffers walk into 20th
and Vine while pretending to be customers.
They could never get any actual customers to complain--come to court and
admit what they were doing that day.
They had that much shame.
Scott joined us in 1997 and she had done sidewalk counselling in California for
years before that. She is the most
effective Sidewalk Counsellor we have out there and Planned Parenthood has
recognized that by making her their number one target.
Governor Robert Casey of Pennsylvania was denied the opportunity to address the
1996 Democratic Convention, he said: the Democratic National Committee has become
a wholly owned subsidiary of NARAL.
You can see the truth of that in the way that formerly pro life Congressmen like Al Gore and
Richard Gebhardt switch to pro choice
when they get into politics at the national level. The NARAL and Planned Parenthood wing of
the Democratic Party dominate big city governments in the same way that the
Segregationist wing of the Democratic Party controlled Southern court houses in
the 1960s. You can see how that played
out in the police violence against Rescuers
and in the long running attack on our pro life picket line. Not that the Republican Party is any
better. They pretend to be pro life in their pursuit of political
power but they can never be serious about opposing abortion. Those who vote for them aren't serious
either. It was the Republicans who
passed the 1967 Colorado and California liberalized
abortion laws. Later, pro choice
Republicans like George Bush senior, adopted an official pro life position to exploit the issue during the presidential
they moved the abortuary to 38th and Pontiac in 2008 they made various
miscalculations. The entrance to the surgical clinic is more than 100 feet
from the sidewalk. So the 8 foot
ordinance--section (3) of CRS 18-9-122--is no longer in effect in respect to
customers coming down the sidewalk. And
we still sometimes get walk ins who provide the opportunity for real sidewalk
counselling. So that is why they had to
set up another arrest of Jo Scott--who else ?--by using section (2) of the same
section says that hindering, detaining
or impeding is more or less the same
as blocking and obstructing, which, under the old loitering law, only applied to someone who deliberately blocked the
is so nebulous that it can mean anything, especially in the court room of a
NARAL judge like Claudia Jordan who presided over Jo Scott's trial for impeding
and harassing Laura Brown in May
2010. The Sergeant who responded to the
complaint saw no reason to write a ticket.
Nor did the Detective who reviewed the complaint. But Planned Parenthood's errand boys and
girls worked the old court house magic and a couple of months later Jo Scott
was handed a ticket.
she was convicted despite the able efforts of her lawyer, Terry O'Malley. Even though the jury was convinced by the
surveillance tape and the blow up photographs that Jonevertouchedher, they convicted her of detaining
fuzzy substitute synonyms for block
and obstruct found in CRS 18-9-122
(2). Her experience with the pro Planned
Parenthood courts of Denver County has left her with no faith that any court
will affirm her First Amendment rights as a Sidewalk Counsellor.
Using the First Amendment
could argue that the First Amendment was never meant to be anything more than a
venue for the politicians of the out party in a two party system. And it provides a vent for people to let off
steam. When you use what are supposed to
be First Amendment Rights to actively interfere with something which has become
a necessary foundation for the American life style, it is arguably un-American. And it stretches the Constitution beyond its
limits. And that is in fact how most
Americans regard those who harass women
in front of health care centers. The Christians
of America, even those who are nominally pro
life, have exactly the same attitude, although they are pushed to invent
some theological reason for it.
is what we are up against any time we are faced with a jury of our peers--if
conformists brain washed by the media can be accurately described as our peers.
Most people on a jury have no sympathy with pro life activists. And most nominally pro life Christians have no sympathy with those who go beyond
praying and voting. It is not
dignified--Jesus wouldn't be out there
hollering at women. And I wouldn't
Scott now has the distinction of being the only person ever convicted under
both section 2 and section 3 of this law.
The Hill challenge to section
3, decided in 2003, was a facial
challenge. The dissent of three Supreme
Court Justices is worth reading because it brings out the First Amendment
issues. As is the 2003 Harvard law
review article by Alan Chen. But pro
life activists cannot rely upon the Supreme Court or any other court except
God's Court to uphold their right to bear witness on behalf of the preborn
condemned to die. However, that is a
good enough mandate.
last conviction is now on appeal at the level of the District Court. Section two is obviously un Constitutional. That is, it would be if the Constitution were
worth anything, if the judiciary had not been so thoroughly corrupted by the
necessity of upholding legal abortion.
But the District Court might rule in Jo's favor. Stranger things have happened in our various
trials and appeals. [ later note: the
Court overturned the harassment
conviction while illogically upholding the constitutionality of 18-9-122 (2)
and the conviction under it. A further
appeal is contemplated. See Denver
District Court, Judge Haglund, Case
Number 2011CV4757 on ICCES, especially page 9. ]
next year, the FACE lawsuit by the Obama Justice Department which was
originally against Ken Scott and Jo Scott and others acting in concert with them tried to import the nebulous impeding standard into FACE. Which was originally aimed at those actually
sitting down and blocking the driveway or the entrance. But Ken Scott's stubborn resistance forced
them to abandon the lawsuit. He has a
remarkable capacity for wearing down a corrupt judicial establishment. Jesus describes the woman who wears down the unjust judge. Ken has that same spirit. More than anyone else out there he pushes
first amendment rights to the max. Right
up to the line and sometimes across it.
Such as his famous air trespass
case when he was up on a ladder and leaned over the property line. He has had one ticket at 38th and Pontiac
because the leg of his chair was over the yellow line.
have 20 years of experience with finding the line of our First Amendment and Colorado
Second Amendment rights. We are experts
on free speech rights in front of abortuaries.
What it is supposed to be and what it actually is because of politicians
and judges whose careers depend upon NARAL.
Over 20 years we have learned the hard way where the line is in respect
to the first amendment. But the line
keeps shifting. And the City of Denver
refuses to clarify it. Years ago, with
the encouragement of the District Six police, I tried to get the City Attorney
to clarify what the law was in respect to disturbing
the peace by calling out to customers, but they never answered me. They could not admit that they intended to
enforce a ban on free speech. Now the
Obama Justice Department has adopted the same policy--trying to move the line
again with their FACE lawsuit.
week after it happened, four cops showed up to hand Ken a ticket for pedestrian in roadway. The supposition that it is necessary for the
federal government to come in is absurd to anyone familiar with the situation
here. The Obama Justice Department is
intervening because the Denver police can't bend the law far enough to satisfy
Planned Parenthood and NARAL. They are
hoping that the power of the Federal Government will accomplish what the Denver
establishment could not. But they are up
against the same Power that has
helped us stay out there all these years.
is a very liberal standard of free speech rights well established in the
law. Which NARAL controlled government
will not extend to those who stand in front of the abortuaries. The whole purpose of FACE and CRS 18-9-122
was to create a new and much more restrictive standard which could be specially
applied to health care facilities--the
newspeak label for abortuaries. Prostitutes are now sex workers and places where babies are aborted are Reproductive Health Care Centers.
most people, first amendment means the freedom to call up the talk show and say
something critical of the President. A
righteous pro lifeChristian waits until he is invited to
be the banquet speaker before he gives vent to his feelings contra
abortion. Ken is out there arguing with
cigarette smoking boy friends and ladies
who cuss him out before finally deciding they don't really want to put the baby
in the trash. It is sidewalk level free
speech. It does not square with church
decorum and respectable Christians
want nothing to do with it. A jury of
righteous pro life Christians would
convict Ken Scott of whatever. Not
leaving it up to God and the government to stop abortion.
the dedicated dozen
the years, our picket line has relied upon a dedicated dozen who show up
faithfully once or twice a week. Many are called but few are chosen. And those chosen few provide the strength and
stability of our pro life witness. We
have a hard core of 20 year veterans, whose perennial commitment has kept our
pro life witness in business. We
especially value those who come out during the week when we are sometimes down
to a heroic handful. But somehow we
always seem to have enough.
Ed and Ruth Boulee have been coming out twice a week for
20 years, bringing ladders and signs. Ed
participated in the 1989 rescues and hurt for months afterwards from the pain compliance the Denver police
inflicted on completely peaceful rescuers. Ruth has a beautiful singing voice. We used to sing hymns and Christmas carols at
20th and Vine where we could get close to the windows of the customer waiting
room. Of course they would turn up the
radio inside to drown us out. They don't
want to hear about the nativity.
Leo Mantei has also been coming twice a week for
more than 20 years. He wound up with one
court case when a lady grabbed one of
his signs and then accused him of assault. You should always let a lady have your sign if she wants it. Replacing it is a lot cheaper than paying a
lawyer. He also got punched by a boy
friend at 38th and Pontiac. Who was
charged with a felony since Leo is a senior citizen. Actually it is surprising how rarely we have
been attacked out there by belligerent boy friends considering how much huffing
and puffing is aimed at us. In fact they
know they are doing something wrong and their anger quickly evaporates.
convinced that the angels protect us. I
saw that one day when an angry boy friend grabbed a metal frame baby buggy and
began hitting Al Garcia with it. Before
I could get down the block, two men jumped out of an unmarked van and
handcuffed Al's assailant. Two under
cover cops who were part of the surveillance launched by the Janet Reno Justice
a heavy work schedule, Mike Winter
has been coming out for years every day he could. He is
one of the few people I know who will get on a bus wearing an Abortion Kills Children sign. Ernie
Gero and Nita have been coming several times a week for 20 years. Ernie keeps up a constant comment like Father
Murphy taught us to do at a baseball game.
It keeps up your morale while wearing down their morale. A picket line is not a church service or a
tea party--unless maybe it resembles the Boston Tea Party. Ernie and Mike Winter always showed up when
we handed out leaflets at high schools.
I counted on them.
Oakley McEachren comes out a couple of times a
week. He told me how he was called to
come out, years ago. He sings hymns in a
loud clear voice which Planned Parenthood does not appreciate. He and Mike Martin were arrested and hauled
off together on one occasion--for nothing, for speaking out.
John Wiechec has been coming out a couple times a
week for the last 10 years despite heavy work and family responsibilities. Fritz
and Jim come on Thursday. Everett
and his brother Gary regularly show
somehow still manages to come out once in a while with her five kids. Our youth group tends to be more irregular
than regular but Lisa Cress still
have always relied primarily upon the grey
panthers. It is a shame that there
are so many retired persons who don't know what to do with themselves. Who spend their days trying to stay
entertained. Instead of doing the Lord's
work. Surely that describes rescuing
babies from abortion. The pastors should
encourage them to come out. And set the
Saturday regulars help us keep Planned Parenthood's business down. It used to be their busy day along with
Friday but they have a third of the customers they once had. Larry
and Mark Aughenbaugh also set up a street corner witness once or twice a
month with their pastor. And they go out
to the high schools to leaflet. Ray has been standing on the corner
with his Abortion Kills Children
sign on Saturday for the last 20 years. Gloria and Andy bring ladders. Steve brings signs and props. Mike
and Tom show up most Saturdays. So does Scott.
4 things the
archdiocese can do
1. distribute The
First Nine Months
Archdiocese is the largest church organization in the State of Colorado and it
should lead the way in reprinting and distributing The First Nine Months
/ Los Primeros Nueve Meses to
Catholics through schools and churches, to non Catholics by cooperative
arrangements with other churches, and to the general public by volunteers
getting out there on the sidewalk in front of high schools, grocery stores and
at shopping malls.
is basic bearing witness to the truth
person to person. There is no good
substitute for it. When people find the
courage to undertake this kind of witness, it regenerates the Spirit of Courage
in them and renews the church.
out there watching teen aged customers roll into the abortuary, I figured out after a while that, along with
the last minute effort to head them off, it made sense to try and give her an alternatives flyer and a copy of The First Nine Months before she made the abortion appointment and even
before she found out she was pregnant. Her and her boy friend and her friends and
her parents. So, with the help of a
tough little crew, I started setting up a table with the fetal models and copies of The
First Nine Months on the sidewalk in front of high schools.
naturally gets you into conversations with security guards and assistant
principals and police officers who try to tell you that it isn't a public
sidewalk or that the School Loitering Law
applies to you or that giving away literature is the same as Soliciting Without a Permit etc. But when you hold your ground and bring some case law with you, you can make them
back off and the next time you go there they leave you alone. The Bill
Jack case established the right of Christians to hand out information to
students in front of high schools. The School Loitering Law has an exception
for First Amendment activity, designed to accommodate school teachers on
strike, but it can be stretched to apply to us.
There are sometimes legal obstacles to distributing literature in
shopping malls but there are ways to get around that for people determined to
were people distributing literature in front of the high schools before I
thought of doing it and there are people still doing it since I quit. Phil
Faustin of Operation Rescue Colorado and Leo Mantei of St. Jude's Parish go out regularly, as do the Aughenbaughs. There are veterans of this kind of witness
who know how to do it when and if any of the conformist Christians find the
courage to do it.
election year people enthusiastically hand out hundreds of millions of dollars
worth of worthless political literature which mentions abortion in the fine
print if it mentions it at all.
Meanwhile, it is like pulling teeth to get people to participate in any
serious pro life witness. Obviously, it
is something that the Archdiocese should promote and encourage for the sake of
basic education in the facts of life in the 9 months leading up to the birth of
a baby. And without tying it to
political campaigns or legislative initiatives or organizational
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 8 weeks
gestation already looks suspiciously like a baby--A person's a person, no matter how small.
the first nine months
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 ? Why
endlessly play futile legal games ? 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 distributing long,
erudite publications while neglecting to hand out graphic literature which
educates people in a simple and direct way.
only change I would make in this leaflet is to impose a picture of a Roosevelt
dime on the page 8 photo of the 8 week old embryo as is done on the Human Life
International before and after card
so that it clearly shows the actual size.
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--40 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. There is no need to get into a long
argument, just show them the truth. That is what the
first nine months does.
Counsellors are well aware that getting a woman to go to an alternatives center
for a free ultrasound can be the clincher in turning her away from having the
abortion. But it is sometimes hit or
miss as to whether we can find a free ultrasound on that particular day. They aren't open, or they don't have an
the first nine months is in effect a generic ultrasound--in color ! It costs 25c.
It is portable. You can hand it
to someone. It takes the place of long
arguments. It is infinitely superior to
these long-winded pro life newspapers
which no one is going to read unless they are already pro life and bored--in
need of something to read.
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.
2. use the Register to publicize real pro life activity
the Register worth reading. Instead of
publishing a sorry organizational rag that no one bothers to read, make it a
pro life paper. Do something and then write it up.
recent Register articles illustrate the failure to report on what is actually
going on by way of real pro life activity in the Denver area. The missing story of Baby
Saved by Sidewalk Counsellors is the story that is also missing from the
mainstream media. Talk to Jo Scott. There is your story.
should do something worth writing about by way of pro life action and then
write it up to encourage others to do it.
Years ago the Register belatedly did a front page story on Vern and
Susan Kirby who had been given months in jail by Judge Jaqueline St. Joan for
participating in two rescues at 20th
and Vine. After the first rescue,
everyone paid a $ 25 fine and pled no
contest in front of a magistrate.
But that plea set up the second trial in which they were given the
maximum sentence on 4 midemeanors--loitering,
trespass, resisting arrest and interfering
with a police officer--all just for one psalm-singing sit in. The maximum is 180 days in jail and $ 1000
fine for each charge.
the media blacked it out. We picketed
the court house for weeks to no avail.
But finally, after the Register put the story on the front page, the
Kirbys were released. Which illustrates
the power of the press. It also
illustrates how rarely the diocesan press has been used to defend pro life
Rescue Movement of 1988-1991 was promoted by Pat Robertson's 700 Club and James Dobson's Focus on the Family. And died after they abandoned it. The mainstream media ignores the pro life
movement unless it can smear us. The
diocesan press is too timid and bureaucratic and too infected with
organizational chauvinism to print pro life news. There are new possibilities with on line news sites which we are only
beginning to explore.
3. encourage people to participate in picketing and Sidewalk
wasn't born wearing a sign and I can sympathize with those who are reluctant to
do it. The first time someone tried to
get me to wear a picket sign I immediately thought up a dozen reasons why it
was not the right thing to do. As soon
as he knocked down one reason I thought up another.
bottom line was that I cringed at the idea of appearing in public wearing a
sign. Would Jesus do that ? Probably not, since he lacked poster board
and magic marker. He did write in the
dirt with his finger on one occasion. He
did deliver his message in public places in which it was not all that
welcome. I finally did it and I didn't
die. And after that it got easier.
the sit-ins began in February 1960, respectable civil rights organizations like
the NAACP were appalled. And wanted
nothing to do with such undignified demonstrations. But as the movement grew, the NAACP youth
groups were increasingly pulled in.
Before it was over everybody and his brother was out there. A million people marched for civil rights in
the summer of 1963. Priests and nuns and
bishops participated in the Selma March in 1965.
need Spanish speaking sidewalk counsellors.
In past years we have had some very effective Spanish speaking sidewalk
counsellors out there--Al Garcia; Bishop
Robert Zeiger; Diane and Bernadette
Cordova. We have a few Spanish phrases
and in a pinch can get someone on a cell phone.
But it really helps to have people out there who are at home in the
language. The Spanish speaking are not
so hard hearted and they are easier to turn around if we have somebody who is
on to the job. They don't have the same
defiant self-righteousness. They know it
recently learned that Planned Parenthood is now dispensing RU 486 chemical
abortion pills at three of their satellite contraception clinics one day a
week, on the sneak, as it were. Which
still require the services of a doctor
and they only have one doctor doing
them all. But we do not have people out
there to Sidewalk Counsel on a
regular basis. Is this not a
responsibility that the Archdiocese should take on ? If the Register would do an honest article
about Sidewalk Counsellors, if you
encouraged people to come out and learn by doing, and then go to these other
places, there is no good reason why they could not be covered. Your Lighthouse
volunteers need to discard the illusion that women headed for appointments at
Planned Parenthood abortuaries are going to be miraculously diverted to your
facility by angelic sidewalk counsellors who will do what they are too chicken
to do: confront abortion customers.
Since the Archdiocese went to a lot of expense to build an alternatives center across the street
from Planned Parenthood, I don't see the reason it is open Monday through
Friday when PP does abortions Tuesday through Saturday. They start at 8:30 and as early as 7:30 on
Saturday. If you are serious about
providing an alternative, why not
match their hours ? Is there some reason
they don't have an ad under Abortion
Alternatives in the yellow pages ?
Are they hiding their light under a bushel ?
4. Replace the
Respect Life organization with a serious pro life action effort.
Respect Life is a sorry excuse for a pro life
organization. Not surprising, since that
was its original purpose--provide an excuse for the bishops, something they
could point to by way of excuse: See we are doing something = pretending to do something.
original charter, which lumps together abortion, war and capital punishment,
provides a facade of philosophical consistency which is the excuse for doing
nothing effective about any of them. In
fact it was designed to provide an excuse for not confronting the contraception
and abortion which are epidemic in the Catholic Church and which are the major
challenge within the Church.
allows people to strike a pose: more philosophically consistent than thou: --than all the narrow minded fanatics who
oppose abortion but not war and capital punishment. I agree that Christians must refuse to
participate in war. And that Christians
cannot sanction the death penalty. But
that isn't a good reason for lumping together three moral questions that have
distinct histories in the Church and in The
Bible and that have very different social and political and legal
accept as binding upon Christians what the church father Tertullian taught: a
Christian cannot be a magistrate because he cannot impose the death
penalty. That was the belief of the
early church, based upon the Sermon on the Mount, and it is still the belief of the authentic
church. But, as a practical question, it
has little in common with abortion.
Since Colorado re-established the death penalty in 1974 there has been
one execution--in 1997, the first execution since 1967--after the man forced
his lawyers to abandon the appeal, because he preferred death to life in
since Colorado passed a liberal
abortion law in 1967 and since Roe versus
Wade in 1973, there have been thousands of abortions every year in
Colorado. No one knows the number for
sure because they don't have to report it and abortionists are notorious tax
evaders. If there had been one abortion
in Colorado since 1967, performed after lengthy legal proceedings, and, if the
embryo child had signed off on it, I would still be against it, but there would
not be much occasion for me to get out there with my sign. Planned Parenthood was doing about 60
abortions a week = 60 executions every
week--at 20th and Vine alone when we launched the 5 day a week pro life
picketing and sidewalk counselling effort there in 1989. What excuse is there for neglecting this slaughter of the innocents in favor of
specious arguments about Consistent Life
Ethic or Seamless Garment ? Cardinal Bernardin invented the Seamless Garment ethic to avoid having
to deal squarely with contraception and abortion. And that is why the other bishops picked it
up. It is not rooted in The Bible or in
the historical ethics of the Catholic Church.
You can argue it from the New Testament, but to do that you first have
to challenge whole bible theology (as in my essay on The New Covenant versus the Old Covenant ) and you have to
recognize the apostasy of the Imperial Church established by Constantine and
Augustine ( cf. The Church of the Empire.
) Otherwise there is no good foundation
for it. Except the kind of consistency mocked by G.K. Chesterton: Now we
realize it is wrong to sit on a man.
Soon we will recognize that it is wrong to sit on a horse. And, eventually, that it is wrong to sit on a
it is silly to argue that no distinction can be made between a fellow who
murdered, raped and tortured women and a preborn child who was sucking her
thumb and minding her own business when the suction machine intruded into her
space. You are guilty of being unwanted. No, you can't have a lawyer, or time to file
an appeal to the Supreme Court.
Opposition to War
have done some things to oppose war. I
organized against the Vietnam War in 1965-1966 and took a peace team to Catholic colleges and high schools in the New England
area. Places which had never seriously
considered that war might be a moral issue for Christians, which blandly
assumed that all American wars are just. I spent 10 months in a federal prison in
1966-1967 for burning a draft card. [ I tore it in two actually. A 4F draft card. Because I caught tuberculosis working in a
Catholic Worker house of hospitality
in Chicago. ] Real Christians have to follow the example of
Jesus and his original followers and refuse to participate in war. But it is much harder for Christians to get a
handle on war, now that the draft has ended, and the empire has an all
mercenary army. And the Christian
pacifist foundation of the 1960s peace movement has been largely eroded and
replaced by secular ideologies which lack moral integrity and spiritual
question as to whether a Christian should participate in war is different from
the question as to whether we can do anything to stop the wars of the
empire. The early Christians refused to
participate in the wars of the Roman Empire.
But did not have the power to stop those wars. Only the disintegration of the empire did
that. The empire always does bankrupt
itself eventually by its endless wars.
If I could stop a war by standing out there with a sign, I would
probably attempt it. I can stop the war
against the unborn by doing that. Which
is why it must have the priority. Trying
to oppose a war which is killing people 10,000 miles away, you wind up
picketing the nearest federal building--like the post office. But the killing of preborn kids takes place
two miles from where you live and you can prevent it just by showing up there
with a sign and some alternatives
killing by war plane and child killing by abortion are arguably the same basic
moral issue. But there is a peculiar un
natural horror in the way that people shrug off and try to justify the cold
blooded killing of their own kids. And
the ways to confront it are different because war and capital punishment are
State actions, while abortion is
primarily an action taken by private individuals.
all of these individuals describe themselves as Christians and many of them are Catholic. The Church, not the State, is responsible for
abortion. Blaming Roe v. Wade is scapegoating.
Is refusing to recognize that Christians themselves and their
money-loving life style are the cause of abortion. Soldiers are to blame for their participation
in war, even if they are conscripts. And
women are to blame for having abortions even when they are pressured into doing
it. A woman who hires a hit man is just
as guilty of the resulting homicide.
Blaming the State leads to these endless futile political and
legislative campaigns which serve the ambitions of worldly people.
cause of saving babies from abortion is much too central to Christian faith and
morals to be assigned to some diocesan department which will go through the
motions of doing something about it so long as the staff gets paid. It is the key question in respect to the
moral and spiritual survival of the Church.
If we can't stop the members of the church from putting their babies in
the trash and destroying their own families, what is left of Christian society
? Nothing is left. That's it.
Hot air is left. Pretence is
left. Whited sepulchres are left.
The Cathedral is a beautiful white building for the funerals of
prominent pro choice politicians.
baby forgives you [ from Roots ]
forgiveness: In place of any serious program to prevent
abortion, a lot of groups--nominally Christian and nominally pro life--have
programs which focus exclusively upon trying to comfort those miserable women
who have had abortions. It is like all
these expensive programs to treat AIDS, which avoid doing anything to prevent
people from getting it in the first place.
They belatedly substitute what is supposedly Christian Compassion for
the missing Christian Courage which could have prevented the abortion. They seem never to have learned the adage
ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. And what cure can they offer ? Truly, women who have aborted a baby are like
Rachel, weeping for her children, and
would not be comforted. These belated
programs substitute what pretends
to be a spiritual answer for the moral answer they have ignored. They do nothing effective to stop abortion,
then offer tea and
sympathy to its
victims. They pretend to forgive the
woman's sin as a cover for the Great Sin of Omission for which
they themselves must bear the blame.
use is such phony forgiveness
? Who is forgiving whom ? Should we all forgive anything and everything
? Is that what Jesus taught about
forgiveness ? Jesus said we should
forgive those who did something to us, but do we have the standing to forgive
others for what they did to others ? Do
you forgive Adolph Hitler for what the Germans did to the Jews ? Do you forgive Joe Stalin for what the red
army did to the women of Europe ? It is
not our business to forgive them. It is
our business to see how far we are in complicity with the causes of genocide
and mass rape by what we do and, mainly, by what we neglect to do. Americans let those things be done, that is
Paul Marx once said in respect to abortion that
God always forgives, man sometimes
forgives, nature never forgives. You
can see the terrible truth of that in the lives of those who have had
abortions. If I get drunk and crash my
car into someone else's car, killing that person and putting myself in a wheel
chair, will God forgive me ? I
suppose. Will the mother of the fellow I
killed forgive me ? Maybe. Will I soon get out of my wheel chair ? Probably not.
have no standing to forgive a woman who has had an abortion--Speaking on behalf of God and your baby, I
forgive you. Don't worry about it. You didn't do anything wrong. We are all sinners. I cannot speak for God, nor can I speak for
her baby. Will her baby forgive her
? Would you forgive your mother for
throwing you into the trash ? Anyway, it is between them. We have nothing to do with it. Can she ever forgive herself ? Will outraged nature ever forgive her ? I have to say on the basis of meeting some of
these women that the answer is probably not. You will always remember the child you never
knew. Years later, aborted women
are spending all their money on psychiatrists to find forgiveness from that
child they put in the trash.
Which is why the real
question is not whether we shall deploy the modern do not judge doctrine of
instant and easy
automatic forgiveness on behalf of 50 million aborted women. The question is whether we can be forgiven
for our criminal complicity in a society which relentlessly pushes
to have abortions. The question is
whether God will forgive us for failing to rescue the least of these while there was still time. The answer which Matthew 25.31-46 gives on
that point is probably not. The
forgiveness we need demands
sincere repentance. Repentance for what we failed to do and what
we are still failing to do. It means we
have to turn around and start doing it.
That is the test of sincerity.
can't change the past. We can and must
change the future. There is very little
we can do for women who have had abortions, except to pretend that we are
somehow helping them with something that can't be helped. There is a great deal we can do to help women
who have not yet had abortions. If we
don't do it there is no forgiveness for us in this world or in the next. And 99 % of those who pretend to be pro life are not doing it. It is better to make no such pretense than to
have it used against you on judgment day.
Those pro life pretenders, who use the issue to promote their
careers and raise money, will surely stand among the goats on judgment day.
conceal from ourselves the real horror of abortion just as we conceal from
ourselves the real horror of our wars, the real horrors of real American
history. We look away from those
veterans whose intolerable memories drive them to self destruction. Did you ever accidentally hit a stray cat or
a dog when you were driving down the street ?
And how did you feel ? Bad. Even though it was an accident and you were
not at fault. Suppose you hit a kid,
instead of a stray animal. Suppose that
it was your own kid. Finally, suppose
that it was not an accident. You did it
on purpose. How do you feel about it
is how people must feel about abortion, if they allow themselves to feel
anything. Often, they don't feel
anything at all because they can't afford to feel anything. People carry out an emotional lobotomy on
themselves because they cannot deal with those terrible feelings. They go through life in that condition until
they break down. A woman worked in the
pro life movement for many years before finally admitting to herself and others
that she had once had an abortion 20 years before. As a society we are in denial. What pretends to be a pro life movement goes
along with this denial. They pretend to
have the answer. They prescribe aspirin
The Box of Flowers (from bulletin # 4)
I have long since become accustomed to the daily reality of
picketing at the abortuary. I see the
same things every day, I say the same things every day, and much of the time my
mind is elsewhere. You get used to it
after a while just like anything else--just like people get to where they take
the horrors of war in stride.
But somehow the box of flowers got to me. She came out of the abortuary crying. He went over to his car and came back with a
long gift box, which had a ribbon around it--it must have had flowers in
it. He knelt down as he handed her the
box--she was sitting in her girl friend's car and she was still crying. Then they drove off in different directions. And the rest of the day, I couldn't get that
box of flowers out of my mind.
Say it with flowers they tell us. But what was the young man saying with those
flowers ? Here are some flowers for your baby's funeral . . . ? No, you can't say that, because it isn't
supposed to be a baby and it isn't going to have a funeral.
I think he is saying something like this: I still
admire you and I don't think you are any less of a woman just because you did
away with your baby. I am serious about our relationship even though I
didn't want to marry you and take responsibility for the baby. In other words, he used the flowers to tell
And what will she do with those flowers ? Put them in a vase to remind her of her
abortion ? Will the flowers somehow take
the place of the missing baby and soothe the pain she feels ? The baby would have been the loveliest of all
flowers, a human child. Those cut
flowers will wither in a few days and will be put into the dumpster--just like
There are only two sensible things she can do with those
flowers. One is to throw them in the young
man's face so as to say: keep your
flowers and keep your lies--neither are any good to me. The other is to put them into the nearest
dumpster, the Planned Parenthood dumpster where her baby's body is lying, so as
to say: I'm sorry I put you into such a nasty place. Maybe these flowers will make it a little
nicer. Maybe they won't, but it's all I
can do now. An abortuary is no
place for flowers. Anything you do to
mitigate the horror of an abortion only makes it worse.
battle over abortion was lost within the Catholic Church just as
the battle over contraception was lost within the Catholic Church. If you can even call it a battle. It was a forfeit for all except a few of the
bishops. The rest surrendered without
firing a shot. In fact, there is
convincing evidence that many of them were on the other side of the battle,
first to last, as were the Canadian bishops and the bishops of Europe. Father Charles Curran claimed that he had the
tacit support of 40 American bishops in his rebellion against the 1968 birth
control encyclical Humanae Vitae. There is no reason to doubt it. He was obviously the front man for many in
the American Church and he had powerful support in Rome. The American Catholic Bishops did not go as
far as the hierarchies of some other countries in openly opposing Humanae Vitae. But they did essentially the same thing by
their equivocations and by the way they ignored the American dissenters, and
tacitly encouraged them, and later rewarded them. . . . [ see The Roots of Abortion page
20 on for more on this subject ]
contraception was long established among Catholics by 1968. Catholic G.I.s knew all about contraception
by the time they came back from World War II and bought that little suburban
house which was just big enough for a wife and two kids. Catholic chaplains in World War II had to go
along with condoms being passed out to Catholic soldiers. Women working for wages was an accomplished
fact by the end of the war. The life style
which depends upon two incomes was already coming. The woman's right to be a stay at home mom
was already eroding. America's big wars
are a basic cause of the moral breakdown in American society.
Catholic values were already being eroded by the wealth-pursuing life style of
the larger society characterized by one-or-two-child families, divorce,
cohabitation, and rising rates of illegitimacy--aka single motherhood.
Contraception and abortion inevitably belong to such a life style. When they ceased to be a subculture in
America, and joined mainstream America, Catholics soon abandoned the moral
standards in respect to family life which had once set them apart. They proved they could be good
americans by becoming bad catholics. The same thing happens with the new
immigrants from Mexico as they move up
the ladder of the American economy.
decline and fall
the past 60 years there has been a total erosion of the old Catholic Church as
it dissolved into the morally corrosive mainstream of American life. It is kennedyism,
not modernism, which has eroded the
faith and morals of the Church. It is
not some intellectual mistake which can be rectified by right thinking. Rather, the pursuit of all the opportunities
for wealth and power which the empire offers, has become a Long Journey away from the original faith and morals of those who
survived poverty and persecution in America.
full flowering of secular catholicism is symbolized by the arrival at the pinnacle
of American wealth and power of a family which pretended to be Catholic, even while they provided the most conspicuous
model of a secularized and modernized Catholicism which had been stripped of
traditional faith and morals. President
John F. Kennedy presented the new model two child Catholic family, while the
media routinely concealed his shameless private life and the playboy life style
which marked the whole family. The
wealth and glamour of the Kennedys and their rise to the highest position the
American Empire has to offer illustrates the Rise of Catholics in America and
their Falling Away from Christian faith and morals. The Worldly Church to which they belonged had
no alarm bells to warn them that the pursuit of wealth and power is a road
which steadily diverges from the path of faithfulness to Christian morals.
The exodus of teaching
nuns destroyed the old Catholic School system.
What was once a real alternative to the public schools has largely
disappeared and the Church would be better off if a lot of the remaining
schools also disappeared. The primary
school system, which was staffed by nuns vowed to poverty and which charged $
10 a semester, now costs as much as a private school. They prepare the young for the 1 kid, 2
income life style. Contraception and Pro Choice is a necessary part of the
curriculum. At a time when Catholics had
a fraction of the income they have now, they
a Catholic school system which was the wonder of the church world, without
taking a dime of government money. Every
parish had a primary school, within walking distance of where parishioners
lived. There were a dozen Catholic high
schools in every city which taught strict morals and orthodox faith. Which warned Catholics that they would lose
their faith if they went to the State University. They did go and they did lose their
faith. And their morals. How can you fit in at these party schools if you don't learn to
party ? A Catholic father of a large
family was happy when his son got scholarships to Stanford and then
Harvard. Now he is dismayed because his
son is a pro choice atheist. What else did he expect ? Where did he get the idea that the road to
worldly success was the way which Jesus showed us ?
with all their money, Catholics cannot imagine how to maintain a school system
without government money, without vouchers. What the government funds, it inevitably
controls sooner or later. Which means
that the government will pull the vouchers of a school which refuses to admit
Planned Parenthood or which discriminates
against homosexual teachers. That is the
kind of thing that has happened to Catholic hospitals which take medicare
patients and Christian universities where students have government backed
financial dependence upon the government parallels the spiritual and moral
dependence of secular christians upon the state. We can't live as Christians unless the
Senators and the Judges mandate it. We
can't have Christian schools unless the government gives us the money. We ask the government to return some of the
money we have given it. why
not keep them
from getting it
in the first
place ? ! Of course no one can figure out how to do
that. They are helpless without the
government and its power to tax.
since pro choice now prevails at
these nominally Catholic high schools
and colleges, (with a few exceptions) they no longer provide a moral
alternative to the public schools and it would be better to close them. Catholic hospitals today are Catholic in
name only in respect to maintaining traditional Catholic medical ethics. The secular management hardly bothers to keep
up a pretence, while the bishop looks the other way. The loss of the hospital sisters means they
charge the same rip off prices as the for
profit hospitals. The next time they
charge you $ 100 for aspirin, remember:
that is what you get for making fun of nuns.
1963, a Catholic Doctor, John Rock, was a co-inventor of the birth control pill
which many influential Catholics, including many of those in the various
Catholic family organizations, hoped would escape the Church ban on artificial contraception. Dr. Rock's real attitude is shown by a statement he made justifying abortion: embryos
have the same responsibility to the preservation of the human race as soldiers. These tiny soldiers must bravely sacrifice
themselves to preserve the American Dream of Living on Easy Street. Just think of it the same way you think about
war. Then you will have no trouble
justifying it. They are dying for their
country. Involuntarily perhaps, but it
is a noble act all the same. They should
have more flags in front of abortuaries to bring out the patriotic aspect of
it. And aren't they helping to alleviate
world hunger ? That is what we hear from
abortion customers--either she was raped--perhaps--or there might be something
wrong with the baby, or they are concerned about world hunger and over population. It is surprising how many people believe that
Wyoming is over populated.
contraception and abortion
years ago, Father Paul Marx published a substantial article in which he showed
from abortion industry sources the basic connection between contraception and
abortion. Anyone who seriously sets out
to stop abortion discovers that connection.
There is no such thing as a reliable contraceptive method and so
abortion is the necessary back-up to contraception. In fact, nearly all methods of contraception,
including The Pill are abortifacients at least part of the time. Humanae
Vitae states that contraception
degrades women. Gandhi said: contraceptives are an insult to womanhood; Divorce
of the sexual act from its natural consequence must lead to hideous promiscuity; [it] can only do great moral injury to the
people. He could not have imagined
the things that have happened to modern India.
Sex selection abortions of females have led to 20 million surplus men. Men without women turn to prostitutes from
whom they get AIDS. This degraded
culture promotes a predatory dis-respect for women--even gangs of rapists in
the big cities.
who know all about contraception neglect to use it and don't insist that their
boy friends use it. Something in her
pushes her to rebel against being a safely sterilized
sex object. Something in her pushes her to test the
relationship by taking a risk, by seeing how the man will respond--what would he do if I got pregnant ? Could
he take the responsibility ? They
naturally rebel against waiting until age 35 to have a baby. Something in her rebels against being one
more desk in the labyrinthine bureaucracy of commerce, industry and
government. Is this my Wonderful Career ? Is
this my life ? What a bore ! A name plate on the door, a carpet on the
floor and dinner at the French Restaurant is supposed to atone for having no
family. Since men are now brought up to
decline any responsibility--it's her choice !--they end up at the
abortuary. Planned Parenthood thinks it
has an "information" problem.
It is something much more fundamental.
is a basic connection between contraception and abortion. They are two aspects of the luxurious and
anti child lifestyle. It is an illusion
to think that you can separate them.
They both belong to the one imperative:
avoid having lots of kids so that you can instead have lots of
money. So your wife can work and bring
in that second paycheck.
original pro abortion Supreme Court decision derived its right of privacy doctrine from the decision in Griswold vs. Connecticut, which struck down a law against the sale
of contraceptives. The Justices
recognized that they were fundamentally the same issue. And they are.
When Planned Parenthood crusaded for legal contraception, the push for
legal abortion was implicit. Contra
their own false propaganda that contraception is the alternative to
the Reagan-Bush Supreme Court rejected any serious restrictions upon legal
abortion in the 1992 Casey
decision, they said that Americans had
come to rely upon easily available abortion to maintain their lifestyle. They told the truth. And it was true long before the Supreme Court
said it. The Secular Christian
lifestyle, requires contraception and abortion. The
Catholic lifestyle and the Protestant
lifestyle are based upon contraception
Protestant Churches tolerate contraception, they tolerate the abortion-bound
lifestyle, whether they admit it or not.
The Catholic bishops cannot do anything effective to stop abortion among
Catholics because they cannot do anything effective to stop contraception. They can only maintain a paper position which they have abandoned in reality. When the Republican led Congress left it up
to the incoming President to place a nominal restriction on abortion in the
Foreign Aid Bill, they also increased the
family planning funding to $425 million. No one even wanted to argue about that. It is established American policy to promote
contraception at home and abroad. The
Republicans don't even pretend to oppose it.
Now Catholic institutions are being targeted--by Catholics !--to pay for
contraception. Are being pushed to
discard the legal fig leaf which conceals their surrender on the issue.
are technical distinctions with moral implications which can be made between
abortion, contraception and so-called natural family planning, but all three
aim at the same lifestyle, a lifestyle which is built upon the principle of more
money, fewer kids. The
higher you aspire in worldly terms, the tougher times get, the more the
Christian community disintegrates, the more that principle becomes the iron
law of the modern American life style. not having babies is the foundation
of that luxurious life style which is now an American Necessity. It is a necessity for the prosperous hanging
on to the precarious position they have reached on the steep and slippery slope
of American prosperity. It is a
necessity for those trapped at the bottom who are paid a servant
wage which precludes
having kids for all except the most reckless.
prosperous must rely upon contraception and abortion in order to pass their
prosperous life style on to their children.
Her college scholarship is out the window if she does not get rid of the
baby. Either her baby goes into the
trash or her career goes into the trash.
The poor are forced into abortion by an
family economy in which your
own survival on a subsistence wage demands the sacrifice of your children. Her husband has been deported back to Mexico
and her uncle threatens to put her out of his tiny house, if she does not get
rid of the baby.
logic of contraception is fornication.
If careless love is necessary for married couples, it is even
more necessary for unmarried couples.
And their parents have set them the example. After looking in their parents' bedroom, they
know what brand to buy. And their
parents have brought them up in that luxurious lifestyle which mandates careers
for women because it
requires two incomes. It means a
woman must wait until she is 35 to have her one and only child. So, from 15 to 35 she must remain a
virgin. Or turn to Planned Parenthood
for help. What is the realistic choice
it surprising that sailors patronize prostitutes, that soldiers rape captive
women, or that prisoners become involved in homosexual relationships ? When you separate young men at the lustiest
time of their lives from any possibility of having a wife or girl friend and
then send them halfway around the world to where they may get killed or
crippled the next day, it is entirely predictable that desperate desires will
get hold of them. Neither is it
surprising that Nature escapes from the un natural constraints imposed by the
pursuit of the luxurious lifestyle.
Young men and women, facing 20 years of enforced celibacy, end up
throwing off all restraints. Sex is the
only adventure allowed them. The urge
to party is a natural rebellion against the sterility
and deadly boredom imposed upon them as the price for securing a place in the
bureaucracy where they will spend the rest of their lives. The frantic bacchanal is a temporary escape
from an unnatural bondage which closes off any good alternative for finding the
love they need and establishing a home of their own. Like the slaves and servants and laborers of
the 19th century, they are effectively prohibited from getting married and
having children. Lady Bellamy did not
allow her servants to marry. Dame
Affluence does not permit it either.
chastity to teens
is stupid when we also teach them to aim for
Law School. She will be 18 by the time
she finishes high school, 22 when she finishes College, 25 when she finishes
law school, 30 by the time she passes the bar exam and establishes herself in
the legal profession. Can she then give
it up, throw away a $ 300,000 investment in her education, in order to stay
home and raise children ? Obviously she
has to keep on working. She has to pay
back all that borrowed money, which could have bought a house or a farm or a
small business. We have a society in
which 12 year old girls are already dedicated to the pursuit of males and in
which 32 year old girls are still not allowed to have babies. It is a sure fire recipe for contraception
and abortion. It is silly to expect
anything else. It is silly to preach chastity
while you raise your children in a life style which has no place for it.
she going to wait until she is in her thirties to have a boy friend ? Wait until she is 35 to have the one baby she
is allowed, which she must then put in day care ? Is she going to remain a virgin until she is
35 ? If she doesn't, she must use
contraception backed by abortion. If she
gets pregnant during those 20 years
of sterility for
the sake of
money there is only
one answer. In an investment minded society, abortion is the best investment there
is. Counting the $ 200,000 it cost to
raise her, the $ 300,000 it cost to educate her, and the $ 50,000 a year she
can make in her career, a $ 500 abortion yields a million dollars in money
saved and money earned.
may not consciously make that kind of a calculation, but they understand it
quite as well as if they did. The Saint
Mary's girl we met going into Planned Parenthood told us that her friend had a
scholarship to college and had no choice except to get rid of the baby. And realistically what choice did she have
? The American Dream--get your kid into
law school--leaves only one choice. careers for
women and abortion go together like ham and eggs.
years ago you could tell a 16 year old girl to wait. Don't spoil it for yourself. When you are 18 you can get married and start
having babies. And, if she couldn't
wait, getting married at 16 wasn't the end of the world. Today, if she gets pregnant and refuses to
get rid of the baby, she is bound for the welfare rolls. For a short while anyway. Thanks to the welfare reform alliance between the radical feminists and
the conservatives, she will soon be
forced to go to work at a minimum wage job while they subsidize food, housing,
child care etc. They don't care how much
the subsidies cost just so the main objective is achieved: do not
allow women to stay home with their children.
a while the American welfare state provided some minimal support for lower
class families. There is no realistic
alternative so long as lower class men have no access to jobs which pay a family
wage. (Unless they get into
the rackets--the free enterprise
system of the slums.) The alternative is
to give up on having children. You can't
afford it. Since women of the affluent
class are not allowed to have children, why should they subsidize these lower
class women who insist upon doing it ?
The current American solution is to
for all women. All women, even those of the lowest class
must seek entry to law school, medical school or business school. It is the American way. It is the American way and the feminist way
to have someone else raise your children while you work for wages. No amateur child-raising allowed. Eight dollar an hour professionals, hired off the street, will raise your children while
you pursue your wonderful career. Amateur child-raising, by someone whose main qualification is that
she loves the baby, is obsolete.
Bring back the shotgun wedding
years ago, a 16 year old gentleman of my acquaintance, who lived in a small
town, got his girl friend pregnant.
There was only one answer: they
had to get married. His parents agreed
and her parents agreed. What surprised
me was the response of his male buddies, who were also her friends. They planned to beat him up after they heard
about her being pregnant. He squared it
with them by assuring them that he intended to do the right thing by the young
lady and that they were all invited to the wedding. And it worked out. They got married and raised several more children. A basic reason for the precocious passion was
that they really did like each other.
illustrates the old code which said that, if you were old enough to have sex,
you were old enough to take responsibility for the result. It had the effect of teaching people to be
responsible. When you are about to be
hung or about to be married, it concentrates your attention. Seeing your buddy married at 16 made you
think. It wasn't such a bad thing. Now they don't have to think. If it
feels good, do it ! Now American
society perpetuates adolescence and encourages irresponsibility.
50 years ago it was possible to support a family on one income. It wasn't that hard to find a family wage--an income which
would allow a man to support a wife and kids by working a 40 hour week. Today's young men are encouraged to be as
responsible as a baby's rear end. If you
allow your 16 year old to take the car, even though the insurance does not
cover him, and he runs into someone else's car, you and he may both end up in
jail. But if you allow him the sexual
freedom to ruin some young girl's life, there is no penalty.
fact, your 16 year old might very well point out that he is effectively
precluded from finding a job which would allow him to support a family in
today's economy. Why should he take
responsibility for a baby when he has no parental rights ? It is Her Choice whether the baby lives or
dies. There is a phony
pro choice male who keeps saying it's
her choice ! usually while leaning out the car window and
giving the finger to the sidewalk counselors in front of the abortuary. What he means of course is that It
is her problem, not mine ! Not even Ted Kennedy and Bill Clinton can
afford to be really pro choice: Well
it is your choice ! If you want to have
an abortion, send me a bill for $ 500 (or use this Kennedy Family Coupon.) Or, if you want to keep the baby, and raise
him, send me a bill for $ 500,000. It is
all the same to me.
women now have every luxury except the luxury of staying home with their
children. That is the one thing they
cannot afford. In fact the economy is
rigged against it. People who might once
have had to count their pennies to buy necessities now engage in the national
past time of recreational shopping. They
buy new cars, they dine in restaurants.
But babies are a luxury they can't afford. What was once a necessity has now become a
luxury. While all the things that used
to be regarded as luxuries are now necessities.
The one begets the other.
modern American life style is a second
pay check life
style. It is tied
for women. Putting the women to work doubles family
income. That is its first effect. Its second effect is to cut wages in half,
because you have doubled the labor supply.
That is why it now takes two wage earners to make the equivalent of what
one could make 50 years ago. The third
effect is to eliminate the family, because women permanently in the work force
have no time or energy left to raise children.
The more women work, the more they have to work.
it takes two pay checks to buy a house.
So both have to work. Before 1970
only the man's income was counted when banks wrote mortgages. The assumption was that the woman would soon
quit work to stay home with the kids.
When the feminists and their business allies forced a change in policy,
the effect was to double and triple the price of a house every where in
America. Since you can now afford a
house which costs twice as much, we will double the price of the house you want
to buy. In the 1990s the price of a
house has tripled again. Has your income
tripled in the past 10 years ? Has the
demand for houses tripled ?
major part of the inflation comes from two career childless couples with money
to invest. So they buy an extra house
for an investment. The result is that
the one income family winds up paying rent to the childless couple which owns
the house they live in. The whole of
American society is committed to investing,
that is to speculating = usury, making
money off money--reaping where you did not sow, and taking
up what you did not lay down.
(Luke 19.21-32 )
collapse of the financial industry came about because of the runaway inflation
in the American housing market. Swiss
banks were buying bundled mortgage
securities tied to the assumption that the price of California houses would
go up and up and up. Which they
did. Until they started going down,
now they are trying to re-inflate the housing market. That is, they haven't learned a thing. When the price of a house triples, because of
all the speculators, it means that families which need homes are excluded from
the chance to buy one.
sexual freedom has become the
most absolute of American Freedoms. The homosexual who spreads AIDS to hundreds
of other men cannot be held liable, even
though he effectively sentences them to death.
It would violate his privacy
even to publicly acknowledge it. Why do
homosexual groups support abortion ?
What does it have to do with them ?
The answer is that they are committed to
freedom, even if
someone else must die to pay for it. absolute sexual
freedom means that we lay down their lives for our
Liberty. . . .
liberated from children
radical feminists of the 1960s consciously aimed at a society in which all
women would be liberated from home-making and child-raising so that
they could have careers. That was
the public face of a group which had kept alive a secretive faith in the
original abolish the
family ideology of radical feminism. Careers
for women and raising all children
in government funded child care centers were essential parts of an anti
Christian religion which can be traced back through 19th century socialism and
the French Revolution to the secret faith of the late 18th century Freemasons
in France and America. Their mystique of
a new world order is modeled upon
Plato's Republic, from which sexual
morality and the family have been banished.
But the radical feminists were a minority of a minority. They could never have carried out this
program without the support of worldly Christians who had long since explained
away and forgotten everything that Jesus taught about money. The materialism of the American Dream and the
false faith in America pushes people to pursue a paradise on earth which is
defined by the mandate to have more money,
false faith in My Career is a secularized version of the true Christian faith
in my vocation. It is a moneyed-up version of it which has
lost moral integrity and spiritual purpose--which has been endowed with a
pseudo purpose based upon feminist fantasies:
Find a Glorious Destiny in the Safety of the Bureaucracy--Great
Adventure and Money in the Bank. You can
have it all and not miss a meal. By the
time they find out they have been suckered, they are too old to have children
and hurting in every way. So, having
sterilized themselves via contraception, abortion, and putting off
child-bearing, they pay out large sums of money for fertility treatments or try
to find a child to adopt in a third world country. Meanwhile, a million and a half American babies are dismembered and thrown in
the trash every year. The sheer criminal
insanity of liberated
contemporary culture and the blind folly of liberated
so-called women is thereby
grotesquely illustrated. ( They have
really been turned into anti-women by the feminist virus which
destroyed them. )
mandate of Careers for Women teaches them to put Security and Money First. But what is Secured after your Family is Lost
? What can Money ever buy which will
replace that Missing Family ? In a de
facto way, the ancient feminist mandate to Abolish the Family has been more
than halfway accomplished in America even while they concealed their real aim
under the title of careers for
women. It is the
ancient mandate of those who seek to stop others from having families because
they have been deprived of their chance and because Misery Loves Company. It is the strange fact that, in the Land of
Opportunity, the opportunity to ever have a family has all but disappeared,
even for the most privileged class of Americans.
news media and the film industry carry on a relentless campaign of propaganda
on behalf of women having careers. A
woman with several children is never featured unless she has just murdered
them. Women who stay home and raise
children are treated with a disdain that borders on contempt. Meanwhile, any woman anywhere who is doing
something that only men used to do is given star billing. The female golfer who flopped in her attempt
to make it on the men's circuit is nonetheless a heroine to the feminists and
their friends in the media. The inept
attempt to gain glory by hitting that little white ball in company with the men
represents the noblest tradition of feminist aspiration. They will love her forever and publicize her
forever unless she decides to get married and have kids.
there is a crime scene or a fire, the TV camera rushes past a dozen policemen
or firemen to interview any female police officer or fire fighter at the
scene. The TV cameras pursue females in
the military with the dedication of those who chase movie stars. They relentlessly sell the doctrine that a woman's
place is in
the military. The militant feminists in the media--male and
female--are so hungry for propaganda illustrations of the Female Warrior that they simply fabricated the story about Private
Jessica Lynch shooting it out with the Enemy.
Then they ran it as News ! And still haven't admitted that they made it
up ! You would never guess that women in
combat is still against the law. Women
conscripted into the army and pushed into combat has long been the dearest
dream of the feminists. They wouldn't
back off the issue even though it caused the defeat of the Equal Rights
Amendment in 1982. Now they proceed as
if it had passed. . . .
new car / dead baby
in front of the abortuary, I have seen it 1000 times: a new car rolls in and a couple walks in to
have an abortion. The car is a necessity
of the American life style. The baby is
a luxury they cannot afford.
the day after Thanksgiving one year, 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 nice 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
day I watched a woman being led into Planned Parenthood by her boy friend while
her parents came along behind to push her through the experience. She was crying. It illustrates the social context of abortion and the inadequacy of trying to deal
with it in terms of a woman's choice. The choice
is being made for her by the relentless pressure of conforming to the demands
made upon women by modern society, for which the so-called Church provides no
alternative. The disappearance of the Christian community has left us with no
alternative except to conform to the values of pagan society--go along with the world and baptize it with a revised
Pew Research Center
polls conducted in January 2010 and December 2011 showed that for two thirds of
American women, being successful in a
high-paying career or profession is "one of the most important
things" or "very important" in their lives. [ NYT June 23
2012 A19 ] They neglected to ask
follow up questions: How important is having children ? How do
you square those two things ? How many years will it take you to arrive at
this career ? How much will it cost
? How old will you be when you have your
first baby ? Will you remain a virgin until then ? Or put
your faith in Planned Parenthood ?
There really is no great mystery as to what has caused the epidemic of
abortions in modern society. It is a
mystery only to those who refuse to see what the pursuit of wealth via careers
for women has done to women.
A Pew report of 2008 says that the percentage of American women who did
not have children by their early 40s was double what it was in 1976.
while back, I had lunch with an old school friend who had married young and
raised a Catholic family. And, unlike
quite a few of my Catholic friends,
he was not divorced. What startled me
was that he told me with some pride that both of his daughters were living with
guys. His perspective seemed to be that
they had at least gotten that far in the direction of maybe eventually getting
married and giving him grandchildren. It
is no secret that young people today put off getting married and having
children indefinitely and meanwhile live in shack up relationships where no
permanent commitment is asked or given and where avoiding pregnancy by
artificial methods is taken for granted.
And what other realistic option is there for these young people in
today's society ? So Christianity is increasingly defined by
the refusal to face reality. Homosexual
marriage is tolerated by young people who are themselves routinely living in
shack up relationships. Which are
necessitated by the indefinite delay of marriage among those who are pursuing
careers and professions that require many years of expensive education.
collapse of the financial system and the ensuing recession should provide a
stimulus for people to look for an alternate lifestyle which is friendly to the
formation of families. It pushes us to
discard the illusion that we can all crowd into the privileged class and that women can somehow raise a family and
pursue a career without neglecting one or the other. Somehow we have all got stuck in this
luxurious lifestyle which forces us to limit our families to the minimum if we
don't give up on it entirely. We live
in a Non Christian society. In a pseudo Christian society. The challenge is to find the way back and the
way forward to a real Christian society.
Most of our so-called Christian
churches are only blocking the road if they aren't actively enlisted on the
other side. So we have to get around
them some how.
It's like the abolition
of slavery No, it is not
re: the false faith and the persistent illusion that
The People Will Vote and The Law Will End Abortion
to a contemporary myth, slavery in America was not abolished by William
Wilberforce patiently pushing abolition
through Parliament. William Wilberforce
was a Member of Parliament who began sponsoring laws to abolish the slave
trade. And then laws to abolish slavery
itself. Slavery in the British Empire
was finally outlawed in 1833, a year after his death.
was a real person, but it is a myth that slavery was abolished by persistent parliamentarianism. And it is a Grand Illusion to believe that
Abortion will be stopped in America by people pushing Personhood initiatives. The
false faith that abortion in America can be ended via law and conventional
politics is one of the major causes of the defeat of the pro life
movement. It is a symptom of the deeper
cause: the false faith of those worldly
Christians who identify with power and define the pro life challenge within
those limits. Get me into Congress and I'll take care of it ! Those who pursue seats in Congress want to
give Wilberforce the credit because that is how they justify their own
commitment to coming in at the high end--their pursuit of political power.
Thomas Clarkson, who became a vice president of the
new anti slavery society in 1823 along with William Wilberforce, pioneered in
organizing the anti slavery movement which was the social force behind the anti
slavery legislation. His first major
work on the slave trade published in 1786 was based upon the Historical Survey of New Guinea by the
American Quaker Anthony Benezet.
Benezet's writings about slavery were circulated by the
American Quakers. In a letter of January
1773, Patrick Henry acknowledges receiving a copy from Robert Pleasants, a Quaker and Virginia neighbor who had freed his
slaves and hired them back as paid laborers.
The reported cost was 3000 pounds--half a million in modern
dollars. He also set up schools to
educate them at a time when Virginia had laws against educating slaves. Henry expresses his sympathy with the book
and his respect for the abolition movement among the Quakers. But he lived and died a slave owner and left
plantations worked by slave labor to his many children. Henry's major concern when the Constitution
was written in 1787 was to protect the property of Virginia slave owners like
himself. He never tried to square his
famous Liberty or Death proclamation
with his commitment to preserve slavery.
He and the other Virginia slave owners inspired the sarcastic quip
from Dr. Samuel Johnson: How is
it that we hear the loudest yelps for liberty among the drivers of Negroes ?
The stubborn refusal to define what liberty
is supposed to mean and the delusion that Americans care about it, has
persisted to the present day. How often
do we hear abortion defended in the name of Freedom
? And they are right in a way. Sexual Freedom
requires abortion. Women being free to pursue careers and make lots of
money requires contraception backed by abortion.
Wilberforce was a wealthy aristocrat who bought his seat in Parliament in
1781. He became a convert to
Christianity and took up the cause of opposing slavery in 1787. It is to his credit that he used his position
to do something, in contrast to all the other wealthy and powerful Englishmen
who did nothing to oppose it even if they did not actually make money from
investing in plantations or the slave trade.
But it is a dangerous myth that Christians can hold on to wealth and
pursue political power and conform to this world and still effectively oppose
the evil of society. The rank and file
of the abolition movement were those who had neither wealth nor political power
and they were more likely to wind up in jail than to wind up in Parliament.
was already outlawed in England itself before Wilberforce entered
Parliament. 11,000 slaves were freed in
England in 1772 by the Sommersett
decision. The British high court ruled
that any slave landed in England thereby
became a free man. It was just the
opposite of the Dred Scott decision
in America in 1857, 85 years later,
which ruled that slaves were still property even if taken to free
territories. Benjamim Franklin lost his
slave when he took him to England. The
man ran away and Franklin could not get him back because of the English
power of the British sugar plantation owners and investors long delayed the end
of slavery in the British empire, even though they were a very small part of
the population. How much longer would it
have been delayed if America had remained in the British empire ? America breaking away from Britain preserved
slavery in America and made it much easier for the British to abolish slavery
in the rest of the empire because they no longer had to accommodate the
powerful interest of the slave owners of Virginia--George Washington, Thomas
Jefferson, James Madison, Patrick Henry and all the less famous owners of
tobacco plantations worked by slave labor, who kept it going for another 75
years. The American
"statesmen" shamefully surrendered on slavery when they wrote the
American Constitution in 1787 and this act of unprincipled political expedience
on their part led directly to a major increase in slavery and in the power of
the slavery interest in America and to the death of a million people in the
Civil War. There is a price that has to
be paid for a moral society. If we do
not pay it now, we must pay it later--with heavy interest penalties.
the folly of half measures
Meanwhile Pitt and
Wilberforce persuaded the British Parliament to pass an Act in 1788 which said
that the number of slaves carried in British slave ships must be in proportion
to the tonnage. Partial measures
actually increased the evil of slavery instead of alleviating it. An act of the British Parliament in 1807
supposedly abolished, not slavery itself, but only the slave trade. This led to a situation in which the
traders made great efforts to carry as many slaves as possible in every voyage,
and practised atrocities to get rid of the slaves when capture was
imminent. It was, besides, the interest
of the cruisers, who shared the price of the captured slave ship, rather to
allow the slaves to be taken on board than to prevent their being shipped at
all. Thrice as great a number of negroes
as before, it was
said, was exported from Africa, and
two-thirds of these were murdered on the high seas. It was found also that the abolition of the
British slave trade did not lead to an improved treatment of the Negroes in the
West Indies. The slaves were overworked
now that fresh supplies were stopped, and their numbers rapidly decreased. (Encyclopedia Britannica, 9th edition, essay on
Slavery) That illustrates the immoral
folly of half measures. There has been
an epidemic of failed and futile half measures in the official pro life
movement, invariably accompanied by bogus claims--abortions went down 20 per cent when we passed a law requiring the
abortionist to wear a clean gown, Send
us a check.
fact, the slave trade persisted to the end of the 19th century despite the
law. In 1884 General Gordon in Khartoum
issued a declaration which re-legalized the slave trade in the Sudan to pacify
the Arab slave traders. [ The
White Nile Alan Moorehead ] And the Chinese and Indian COOLIE system which replaced it was
often as bad as outright slavery. See
the horrifying little essay in the 9th edition of the Encyclopedia Britannica
VI 333 COOLIE or Cooly: In 1860
it was calculated that of the 4000 coolies who since the traffic began had been
fraudulently consigned to the guano pits of Peru, not one had survived.
Fox began leading the Quakers in opposing slavery 116 years before William
Wilberforce made his first speech in Parliament against the slave trade in
1787. They led the movement which
abolished slavery in England itself by 1772.
Thousands of Quakers were put in prison in England in the 17th century
because of their radical and non-conforming Christian faith and morals, which
led them to refuse to go along with war and slavery. The Quakers were also persecuted in
America. They were banned from Plymouth,
imprisoned in Virginia and Maryland, and hanged in Boston. Pennsylvania, founded by William Penn after
he became a Quaker, was the first American colony to allow religious
freedom. The Quakers and the Amish and
the Mennonites and the Moravian Brethren who migrated there established the
first authentic Christian faith in the new world, by contrast to the slave
owners and traders and the rapacious land seekers of Virginia and New England,
for whom war and slavery were an integral part of their pseudo Christian faith
and morals. [ see the Governor Bradford article ] The real crusade against slavery in America
began with the Quakers who excommunicated slave owners and slave traders at a
time when America's Founding Slave Owners still clung to their property and put
laws protecting slavery into the Constitution.
1776, American Quakers excluded from their membership anyone who owned
slaves. They abolished
slavery from their own
community at a time when George Washington, Thomas Jefferson and Patrick Henry
were still buying slaves. Except for the
Quakers and a few other radical Christian groups, the so-called Christian
Churches went along with slavery right up to the time of the Civil War. Their failure to arrive at a moral and
spiritual answer to slavery is paralleled by their present failure to do
anything effective to stop abortion.
After the Civil War put an end to formal legal slavery, these worldly Christian churches were the bastions of
racial segregation. 11 am on Sunday was the most segregated hour in America. To their credit, the Catholic schools in the
South finally desegregated after the
Supreme Court outlawed segregation in 1954.
At least they followed the path of social morality after the state led
today's church excommunicating those who practice contraception and tolerate
abortion. Which is to imagine a church
which has taken the road back from that mass church
of no standards which was established by Conformist
Christianity. Which is to imagine a
Church which no longer caters
to the crowd while holding on to its
privileged position. Is it impossible to
imagine ? Almost. But how shall we abolish abortion in the
larger society if we cannot do it in our own Christian society ?
Abolitionist Movement was the forerunner of the Civil Rights Movement. It was the work of the Quakers and other
radical Christians who were opposed by the American establishment and by the
Christian establishment of America. They
organized the Underground Railroad
which helped many slaves to escape to freedom, much as today, the Sidewalk
Counsellors help many babies escape from abortion. From the Roman catacombs to the present time,
serious Christians are often found in the underground,
in one sense or another, and are rarely found in Parliament.
Tolstoy was inspired by William Lloyd Garrison and the American abolitionists
and there is a lot about them in The
Kingdom of God Is Within You, the book which inspired Gandhi to launch his
campaign of nonviolent direct action.
Gandhi's soul force
principle means the power which is born of truth and love. It was his attempt--arguably unwise--to
import the concept of the Holy Spirit of
Truth and Love and Courage into his synthesis of Hindu / Moslem theology
and Indian nationalism. The imperial Christians of the British Empire had
forgotten about it, but Gandhi dusted it off and made use of it. Henry David Thoreau's Essay on
Civil Disobedience, written when he went to jail for refusing to pay the
tax which supported war and slavery, is another of the charter documents of the
nonviolent direct action movement. And
Gandhi's success inspired those who instructed Martin Luther King and Reverend
James Lawson in the method of nonviolent resistance to evil.
The American Answer to Slavery
true history of how slavery was abolished in America--how we failed to abolish it--is far more relevant to our failure to
stop abortion, than any fairy tale counter example imported from England. In 1804, President Thomas Jefferson, the apostle of freedom, fired the man who
was trying to enforce the new law against the slave trade and replaced him with
someone who looked the other way while the slave trade flourished. And the slave trade continued right up to the
time of the Civil War even though it was nominally illegal. [ see Roots
of Abortion page 53 ]
February 1862, after the Civil War began, Captain Nathaniel Gordon was hung for
bringing a cargo of slaves from Africa, the
first man in American history to be so punished, even though slave trading
had nominally been a hanging offense for more than 40 years. book: Hanging Captain Gordon: The Life and Trial
of an American Slave Trader Ron
he was in the Congress in 1784, Jefferson supported a provision in the
Ordinance regulating the new territories,
which would prohibit slavery and
involuntary servitude after 1800.
When it was voted down, by one vote, he gave it up. When the issue came up again in 1820 in
respect to the Missouri Compromise he took the opposite position and defended
the extension of slavery into the new territories. [ See Roots
of Abortion page 52. ] Which led
directly to Bloody Kansas, John
Brown's raid on Harper's Ferry and the Civil War. When Jefferson died bankrupt in 1826 his
slaves had to be sold to pay up his wine bills.
He and his guests in effect drank up the blood of those 200 slaves in
the fine wine they poured. Today we
sacrifice the lives of preborn children to sustain our luxurious life
style. To pay for the fine wine we pour
and the fine cars we drive.
are stuck with the legacy of Thomas Jefferson.
American prisons are full of his descendants and the mixed race
descendants of the other founding slave owners.
It is no use our trying to substitute William Wilberforce for our real founding fathers. It is from them that we have received our
real spiritual and moral legacy, the failure to live up to liberty and justice for all.
Americans put the lives of millions of slaves in the trash in the
pursuit of wealth. In the war against
the natives of America, in the war with Mexico, in the invasion of the
Philippines, in the other wars of empire, Americans put millions of lives in
the trash in pursuit of land and loot and trade. So it is not surprising that Americans now
put the lives of millions of their own babies in the trash in pursuit of
wealth. That is our real heritage,
contra all the proclamations of American righteousness. And that is the challenge that anyone who is
serious about living a Christian life in this place has to confront. When we cling to American values and claim our share of American wealth and power,
we cannot find a way out of this aborted society.
1861, autocratic Russia, which made
no claim to faith in freedom,
achieved the emancipation of the peasants without a war. Unlike America, where the failure to put an
end to slavery in a peaceful way led to a fratricidal war in which 740,000
Americans were killed. Like our other
wars, it was a contest for wealth and political power, rather than for the Great Moral
Purpose it pretended to
serve. As witness General Sherman's
blunt statement: All the niggers in the South aren't worth the blood of one Union
soldier. This is about control of the
Mississippi River. Lincoln said he
would have perpetuated slavery to preserve the union. His Emancipation Proclamation was a war
measure which only applied to the rebel states.
Civil War devastated the South and embittered relations for generations
after. It put an end to legal slavery but a condition of
semi-slavery for Southern Negroes persisted for 100 years. Negro men were given 6 months in jail for
trumped up misdemeanors and then rented out to plantation owners as convict
labor. Lynchings and Klan terrorism
which American Presidents ignored kept Southern Negroes in economic
bondage. Today we are still living with
the consequences of slavery. Millions of
impoverished Negroes living in slums.
American prisons are full of black men.
The bill for their incarceration should be sent to the estates of our
founding slave owners.
often conceals a very different reality.
Today, all over the world, there are millions of people working in
conditions of semi slavery, including
children trapped in factories. 140
million child slaves make goods for the free
global market. See the reports by the
International Anti Slavery Society in Sydney
Australia. Carpets, chemicals and auto headlights sold in America
are being produced in such factories.
In India they produce diesel engines, hoists, hand tools. China produces shirts, pants, hairpins. The
shoes made in Pakistan, Thailand, Nepal, Bangladesh and Vietnam come
from such factories. In the 1890s there
were still a million kids working in American factories in dreadful
who are obsessed with legal abortion,
who care about the issue as the
political football in a power contest, are willfully blind to the challenge of
actually stopping abortion, regardless of whether it is legal or illegal. Abortion became legal in 1967 in Colorado and
California because it was already common in America. That is what generated the pressure to make
it legal. California already had an
estimated 100,000 abortions annually as of 1967, most of them still nominally illegal under the new law which Governor
Ronald Reagan signed. Which didn't
prevent them from happening. By 1967
abortion and contraception had become as common among Catholics as among
Protestants. Abortion came from the imperative of the luxury-loving American life style to
which these Secular Christians had already conformed: more
money, fewer children.
is common in all the nations of Central and South America despite the fact that
it is still nominally against the law in those places. Brazil has 2 million abortions a year. Abortion is a crime for which no one is prosecuted. [ These figures are exaggerated by those who
promote legal abortion and minimized by those who raise their funds by a narrow
focus on abortion laws. ] Peru even had a program of forced abortion. Pro-lifers who speak no Spanish take junkets
to help preserve these useless laws and then use that adventure to raise
funds. Mexico has a million abortions a
year and the abortuaries are run by the criminal syndicates. You are more likely to get gunned down than
arrested for picketing one of those places.
The Philippines have a higher abortion rate than the United States, despite
a ban on abortion written into the Constitution. They have a Human Life Amendment and they ignore
it. As prohibition showed,
the law is not enforced when many dissent from it, even if the law is an
Amendment to the Constitution. Is
marijuana still illegal ? You would
hardly know it.
wrong focus is not just an
intellectual error. It is the necessary
justification for the pro life lobbies which have to pretend that abortion can
be stopped by what they are doing in Washington. For worldly Christians, the obsession with
what The Law says is joined to an indifference as to the actual evils of
society. They don't really care whether
prostitution goes on or about the economic forces that push women into
prostitution so long as it is still against the law and kept out of sight. Their real desire is to restore that whited sepulchre veneer of righteousness which allows ladies
and gentlemen to come to Church without having to step over the scandal and
disgrace of legal abortion and prostitution right out in the open where it
can't be ignored. So long as the State
shows up at church on Sunday, dressed in his Sunday clothes, they ignore what
he did on Saturday night.
Most of what pretends
to be a pro life movement is stuck in
this old pattern of legal and political contests to restore the old hypocrisy.
So they have no motive to dig deeper into the roots of abortion and to try to understand better why a society
which pretends to be Christian is so
very, very far from home. Their bottom
line is to somehow find an answer which fits within the
of their comfort zone. There is a
willful blindness in blaming abortion in America on Roe v. Wade, which is especially conspicuous in the statements of
the bishops, because they belong to an
international Church which claims to have moral standards that transcend those
of any national Church. Is Roe v. Wade the reason that so-called Catholic Countries around the world have
abortions just like America ? What is the
reason for abortion in Spain, France and Italy, where everyone is supposedly
Catholic and where Roe v. Wade does
not apply ?
voting for morality
reason for legal abortion in Italy is that Italians voted to keep
it legal in a 1981 national referendum on a law which was passed in 1978. Despite the pleas of Pope John Paul II. A country which is 90 percent Catholic, which
is the home of the Pope, voted against
him on a fundamental question of Christian morality. So much for establishing Christian morality
by voting. The basic reason that
abortion could not be outlawed in so-called Catholic
Italy is the same reason it cannot be outlawed in so-called Christian America: the
people wantitthatway. In fact, contraception and abortion have
become integrated into the Italian life style.
Native Italians have so few babies allowed to live that they are
becoming an endangered species. Italy is
on the way to becoming a Moslem country because the Moslems still have large
families and the Catholics don't. The
same thing is happening in the rest of Europe.
And the people have been taught to believe
that you can vote on morality. It is
moral if 51 % think it is moral. If only
49 % think it is moral, it isn't. It is
moral one year and immoral the next, depending on how the vote goes. What was once a terrible crime is now a standard medical
you vote against abortion, you in effect concede that it is something to be
voted on. If the vote goes against you,
you still have to go along with it. If
you aren't bound by the results of the vote, why is anyone else ? If the vote goes your way, the way is open
for those who were beaten this time to bring the issue up again. The Pope asked the Italians to vote against
abortion. But they voted the other way,
thus proving that the Pope was wrong about abortion. What else is the logic of entrusting morality
to the voters ?
fact of legal abortion in the Catholic countries of Europe and the fact of
illegal abortion in the Catholic countries of South America shows the realistic
context in which abortion among American Catholics has to be understood. Clearly, abortion is not something outside
the Catholic Church, which has been imposed upon it by some legal fluke. Abortion is inside the Catholic
Church. Until Catholics face up to that
fundamental fact, until they begin to deal with it, no change is possible. Catholics who decry that culture
of death, which has reached flood stage in modern times, are
still trying to ignore five feet of sewer water in the Church itself. Nor do they know how to free themselves from
that love of
breached the dike in the first place.
The pursuit of wealth needs
contraception backed by abortion.
should focus upon stopping abortion within
the Catholic Church. If the Catholic
Church were the pro life bulwark it pretends to be, the abortion situation in
America would be entirely different. Roe versus Wade came about because
abortion laws were passed not despite Catholics but because of them. Because by, 1967, they had already adopted
that two kid Kennedy life style which depends upon contraception and
abortion. Legal abortion continues
because Catholic voters routinely elect pro abortion politicians. States
with the most Catholic voters,
provide the most reliable support
for Catholicpro choice Senators and
Congressmen and Governors.
automatic excommunication has taken
care of it, the bishops can go in to lunch with the pro abortion
politician. Invite him to the Al Smith Dinner. Perhaps influence him a little. In the direction of their own moral
cowardice. It seems to be working. No need for the bishops to confront pro
abortion Catholic politicians. No reason not to invite Obama to Notre Dame
for the sake of dialogue. Which means, we don't want to fight, let's just talk. You make your speeches, we'll make ours. Then we can eat. No need for confrontation with abortion. Let Mary confront the abortion bound woman
while we provide prayer support. Let pro abortion Catholic politicians be automatically
excommunicated. No need for the
bishop to embarrass himself by attempting manual
excommunication--actually opening his mouth and saying something unloving which the press will pounce
on. Prominent Pro Choice and Catholic
politicians get a big funeral at the Cathedral.
most Catholic states are also those
which elect pro choice Catholic
politicians like Ted Kennedy, Joe Biden,
and Nancy Pelosi. 58 percent of
Catholics voted for Obama and it would be silly to assume that the vote for
John McCain represented a pro life vote.
More likely it represents a pro money vote--he'll protect my investments
better than Obama.
short, Catholics cannot even be counted upon to make a one fingered gesture,
once every two years, in the anonymous safety of the voting closet on behalf of
ending abortion. That accurately
measures their pro life commitment. How
much Christian Courage they have. How
much of a claim to possess the Spirit which is the foundation of the Christian
life. It measures the depth of the
spiritual hole they have to dig out of.
On the historical record, Catholics reliably vote pro abortion here just
like they do in Italy. Is this the
foundation of a pro life movement ? A
foundation sitting upon quick sand. The
joke is that the American Catholic Church is pro life. The joke is that the American Catholic Church
is still opposed to contraception.
Because they still issue official statements now and then. The million babies killed by abortion every year
don't see the joke.
Bring Down the Big Tent !
to people like Rush Limbaugh endorsing pro choice Republicans, the Republican
Party has long since become a big tent
which can never be serious about opposing abortion. And that also describes the American Catholic
Church. The bishops persist in using
official paper to wall paper over the big crack in the church. Behind the paper it is a house divided which can never be serious about opposing
contraception and abortion. Those
Catholics who are serious are not just a minority but a remnant.
Catholic Church needs to divide permanently on the issues of contraception and abortion. Even though only the minority of Catholics
will stick with the official paper position.
Well and good. Other churches
divide on the question of abortion, just as they once divided on the question
of slavery. The American Baptist Church
goes along with abortion, the Southern Baptists do not. And there are similar divisions among the
Lutherans and other denominations.
is morally right and spiritually healthy to part company with those whose beliefs are contrary--whose
persistent actions violate basic faith and morals. Pro
choice is the alternative-- I
wouldn't own a slave myself, but I won't interfere with someone who thinks
differently. By tolerating Ted
Kennedy, Joe Biden, Nancy Pelosi, etc. etc. etc. . . . the American Catholic Church has put
itself into a de facto pro choice
position. While preserving the hypocrisy
of official paper. On paper, it remains
righteous. It is justified by its paper
it is ever to renew a claim to integrity, the Church must abandon the worldly
compromises which allow it to say one thing and do another. Or, rather, the minority which has had enough
of these compromises must find the exit. Contrary to what Lincoln said, a house divided can stand, at least in a
ramshackle way. Look at America
itself. But it cannot stand for truth
and righteousness. It cannot and it does
not and that is where it is now.
power of nonviolent direct action
American Negroes finally escaped from semi slavery and racial segregation, not
because of lawyers delivering speeches in Congress, but because rank and file
Christians joined the nonviolent direct action movement of the 1960s. The Civil Rights movement was corrupted soon
enough, but it accomplished something before that happened. A million people marched for Civil Rights in
the summer of 1963. The Civil Rights
Laws of 1964 and 1965 were the result, not the cause, of a broad movement which
bypassed conventional politics. And the
real changes in American society have come from the power of that movement, not
from anything done by the lawyers and the lawyer politicians who claim the
For a few short years,
the Civil Rights Movement showed how much real power for moral and social
change can be generated by a nonviolent direct action movement. And, going beyond protest, there were those
who seriously set out to build an alternative
society, a just society, which
government will ever create, despite its windy pretensions. And the anti Vietnam War movement which
followed, illustrated it once again. It
is one of the few times in history that people have managed to halfway stop a
war. They set an example which was
copied by the pro life rescue movement of the 1980s in St Louis and
Philadelphia, a primarily Catholic movement,
which led to the Operation Rescue movement of the late 1980s and early
believe in nonviolent direct action, that it is the kind of spiritual warfare
that Jesus and Saint Paul taught us to use.
[ see my essay on The Spiritual Warfare of Jesus Christ
] I believe that personal witness is
necessary to a Christian life--you can't pretend to be a Christian if you won't
do it. You shrivel in the Spirit when
you fail to do it. That describes most
Christians do not believe it. Nominally
pro life Christians are our worst critics because they have been brainwashed by
the same media as everyone else, and because anything which calls for personal
risk violates their religion. They are
all in favor of the war from a safe distance.
They support the troops with a
$ 1 bumper sticker. They support the pro life movement with a
prayer, a vote and a $ 5 check to a pro life lobby. When you are judged on what you did to rescue
the least of these, they will give
you back your $ 5 and send you down below to join the other supporters.
Cast Your Whole Vote
Thoreau says, in his Essay on Civil
are thousands who are in opinion opposed to slavery and to the war, who yet in
effect do nothing to put an end to them
. . . They hesitate, and they regret, and sometimes they petition; but
they do nothing in earnest and with effect.
They will wait, well disposed, for others to remedy the evil, that they
may no longer have it to regret. At
give only a cheap vote, and a feeble countenance and God-speed, to
the right, as it goes by them. There are
nine hundred and ninety-nine patrons of virtue to one virtuous man . . .
whole vote, not a strip of paper merely, but your whole
influence. ( Written after he went
to jail rather than pay the taxes which supported slavery and the War with
you are serious about claiming to be a Christian,
You have to get serious about casting your
whole vote. You have to vote every day, not spend 10
minutes doing it once every two years while hiding behind the curtain of the
voting closet. You have to vote with
both hands. And both feet. And do it right out in the open where
everyone can see you.
so-called Christians will not do
that. Which is why we have to part
company with them. It provides a test,
like the test which the Lord instructed Gideon to use to separate out the
Lord's Army from all those who did not have the Spirit to belong to it.
lawyers, the legislators and the lobbyists will never do anything effective to
end abortion. The pro life movement
cannot even get started until we acknowledge that basic fact. Ambitious people use the movement to pursue
political power just as Jesse Jackson and a thousand other ambitious blacks
used the Civil Rights Movement to pursue political power and personal wealth. They sold out the black people of America
while pretending to serve them. These
fellows pretend to be pushing the wagon but they are only riding on it. We fall for it because we are foolish and
because there is a little bit of larceny in
our hearts also. We also dream of
success, of rising to a position at the top.
And we fall for it because of our bedrock faith in the easy
way. We have to
believe that to justify our cowardice.
We do not believe a real battle is necessary--not if we have to fight
forget what Jesus taught us about how Christians change society. We do not wish to remember it. There is a legion of those who are willing to
change society from the high end, from the prestige and comfort of a Senate
seat. But real moral change is brought
about by those who have given up on being respectable in the eyes of their
fellow citizens, who don't demand to be paid.
Who have no political careers to sacrifice. Who have already made the sacrifice. The Pro Life Revolution will not be carried
out by those who have to be paid $ 200 an hour for their services. A long lost first century Christian
catechism, the teachings
of the apostles says if he asks for money, he is a false prophet. You can see why they had to lose it. When we begin to apply that standard to
today's false prophets, we will have taken a necessary step forward in putting
an end to abortion.
did not need the help of the Roman Senate and the Roman Emperor in building
Christianity. That is the false faith of
Secular Christianity. When they did get
the sponsorship of the Emperor, it established that worldly and conformist
Christianity which is with us still.
Which is the crippling disease, the chronic and epidemic spiritual
disease, of that which pretends to be
the Christian Church. Which is the
fundamental cause of abortion. A real
pro life movement cannot depend upon The Man at the Top of the American
Empire. That is the false faith which is
destroying the American pro life movement as it has destroyed the Christian
pro life movement has to be a moral crusade.
A moral crusade has to chart a course which avoids the futility of the
Law and the immoral compromises that are in the very nature of conventional
politics. We aren't going to win the
battle in the court or in the legislature until we have won the battle out on
the sidewalks and inside the shopping malls.
Until we have won the battle within the
church. We are a long
way from winning that battle because we haven't even begun to fight it
seriously. Most of our nominal
"pro-life" organizations are too chicken-hearted to even think about
holding on to privilege
main reason the pro life movement goes no where is that people insist upon
holding on to their own privileged position in American society ( and enhancing
it when they can ) as the limiting condition of their efforts to oppose
abortion; There is a simple difference
between a soldier who is willing to sacrifice himself to win the battle and a
general who promotes his own career by taking credit for winning
the battle from 30 miles away. The pro
life movement is full of such generals.
And, unlike the general of the army, we have no conscripts who can be
forced to fight the battle for us. Nor
money enough to hire a mercenary army.
So it remains a sham battle.
whose wealth was tied to slavery were a minority of Americans, although a
powerful and influential minority. The
majority of Americans owned no slaves and lost no money when the slave owners
were finally forced to give up their slaves after a long and bitter war. In fact, many of the New York capitalists
made fortunes from the war, after buying their way out of the draft, like
Andrew Carnegie and J.P. Morgan. The Roots of Abortion [ see my book of that title ] go just as deep as the roots of slavery once
did and they are much more widespread.
Those whose prosperity depends upon careers for women--depends upon
contraception backed by abortion--are a
majority of Americans. Most
so-called Christians joined them long
ago. That is what we are up
against. We are not going to stop
abortion in America by voting. What we
can do is vote with our feet for a family friendly and abortion free society by
walking away from the aborted anti family society which dominates America. And we may have to walk. You are not likely to get there in your new
May 16th 2012 Father Norman Weslin died in Michigan, where he was born August
29th 1930. He was the leader of the Lambs of Christ, a dedicated rescue group which carried out a
sustained series of rescues all over
the country beginning in April of 1989.
In their first two years, the Lambs rescued 25 times. That is a pretty good average considering
that they were regularly locked up in jail for weeks and even months at a
time. These were actions in which people
sat down in the entrance of an abortuary until they were arrested and carried
away. Sometimes they locked themselves
together to delay their removal and keep the abortuary closed as long as
possible. They had a remarkable
discipline which included Jail, No Bail. Everyone stayed in until everyone was
released Time Served, however long it
took. Ninety-five of them were locked up
in Burlington Vermont for 79 days, in the spring of 1990--their longest
result was that they were able to keep on rescuing at the expense of the legal
system, instead of being bogged down with trials and fines etc. That's how to do it. Pro life activists from Denver, including
Ken Scott, Rob Mauldin, Dolores Chavez, Sandra Cordts and DeAna Robinson
rescued with the Lambs. In the summer of
1992, 85 of us rescued in San Antonio with Father Weslin's group plus the Pro
Life Action Network. We refused to give
our names or cooperate in any way with the jail authorities until we were all
released a week later Time Served.
meant that no one had to go back for a trial, it was over and done. And they didn't get one dime from any of us--it was their treat. No one paid a fine, no one put up a bail
bond. We didn't even accept personal
recognizance, we didn't give our names, and no one left, until the last person
was unconditionally released. It was
either time served for everybody or
keep us until you get tired of feeding us.
All of the rescue rally speakers and all of the rescue leaders were
right in there with us. Since we filled
up one whole dormitory, we had it all to ourselves and it became a week long
retreat in the company of some of the most Spirit-filled people that I have
ever met. It really was a privilege to
be there !
the Lambs joined those in jail for the Dobbs Ferry rescues in January of 1991 it ended in a major success
for the rescue movement. The sustained
rescue campaign at an abortuary in Dobbs Ferry, New York continued for more
than a year. On January 20th 1990, 85
were arrested including three nuns.
There was a series of pickets and rescues during the summer and rescuers
were still in jail when Tom Herlihy of born (Bi-state Operation Rescue
Network) and Pastor Skip Robokoff led a rescue of 38 people on September 28th
1990 where krypto locks were used. They
were still in jail when the Lambs
rescued at Dobbs Ferry on January 8th and January 24th 1991, also using the krypton locks which slow the arrest procedure
and keep the abortuary inoperable. All
of them maintained a non coop discipline, refused to give their names and
refused to bail out.
finally broke the system, was a week of rescues by national Operation Rescue in
which more than 400 people were arrested in Dobbs Ferry and White Plains. These rescuers were released without going to
jail, because of the large number of noncooperating rescuers already in
there. A group of determined
noncooperators from Philadelphia were simply put out of the jail without even a
ticket, when they refused to give their names.
they had to let them all go. Two
thousand people turned out to welcome the 71 pro life prisoners released from
the Westchester County jail on February 4th 1991. Twenty eight of them from born
had been in more than four months, since September 28th 1990, and had refused
any cooperation with the injustice system the whole time ! The other 43 were the Lambs who were also
refusing to cooperate.
the three rescue organizations, the Dobbs Ferry abortuary had been under
constant pressure because of a heavy picket line organized as Operation
Goliath. They shut the place down
without any arrests when they mustered 500 people there on June 16th 1990. On June 29th 1990, seven rescuers closed the
place by chaining themselves on the floor.
Bishop Austin Vaughan and 350 others picketed there on December 8th
1990. Cardinal O'Connor visited the
rescuers in jail and said Mass for them.
made the difference in the battle of Dobbs Ferry was the cooperation of local
and national rescue organizations. The
hundreds who picketed. The thousands who
gave support from outside the jail. But
the heart of the battle was the spirit of those who entirely sacrificed
themselves to win a spiritual fight. In
the battle for the goods of this world, war is the decider. In the ultimate battle between good and evil,
there can be no victory without a moral equivalent of war, a willingness to pay
the full price. It is because of that
spirit that these heroic rescuers won the battle of Dobbs Ferry.
original group of rescuers from born were committed in advance to
total noncooperation with the injustice system.
They pledged to remain in jail for an indefinite period of time, without
posting bonds or paying fines. They had
no attorneys. They wouldn't give their
names, except for a "baby doe" pseudonym. They passively resisted any cooperation with
the court and jail system by going limp.
When dragged into court, they spoke only once, to demand that the court
free them to rescue more babies. They
told the court that, even though it had power over them, it had no authority
over them, while it used its authority to further the killing of babies.
rescuers were physically attacked by the guards in the Westchester County Jail
when they refused to give their names or let themselves be fingerprinted. Some were choked, others had their wrists
twisted. A guard kept stepping on the
stomach of one rescuer who was passively noncooperating. But even the routine conditions inside the
jail were hard. One of the worst things
loud rap music piped into the cells
14 hours a day from 11 am to 1 am, with no way to escape it or turn it
off. Imagine putting up with that for 4
months ! Plus the cockroaches. And the rescuers had no idea
when they would get out. You trust in
God, but you start wondering if God hasn't forgotten about you. The
Lambs Trust in God to Bail Them Out.
[ One partial remedy for a noisy
jail is to make ear plugs from a wet paper towel. ]
of the born
rescuers that I talked to was Ralph Traphagen, a Pentecostal minister who had
been rescuing since Atlanta in August 1988.
He was in jail with the Lambs in Vermont in the spring of 1990. But this was his longest sentence. Why does he do it ? In jail they sang a hymn which expressed it
best for him: I have decided to follow
Jesus. . . . though none go with us, we will follow, no turning back, no
turning back. As a follower of
Jesus, he is called to witness and to sacrifice. The prison letters of Joan Andrews were a
major inspiration. In them and in his
own faith he finds the idea that the unborn children are the
least of these; that you have to identify with them and sacrifice for them;
that the cross today has to be the burden of trying to save them from death,
regardless of the consequences; that whether you succeed or not, you keep the
children company by suffering with them; that you bear witness against the evil
nation that kills babies.
Herlihy, who led the born rescue, says that they made the
commitment to total noncooperation for both moral and practical reasons. They denied the very right of the police and
the courts to stop them from rescuing babies.
And they couldn't let themselves be prevented from future rescue efforts
by cooperating with the courts and making deals that would lead to bonds,
trials, probation and stay-away orders.
The only "deal" they were offering the court was, in
effect: turn us loose so that we can save the babies--you have no right to stop
longest previous sentence was the 79 days he spent with the Lambs in Vermont in
the spring of 1990. This time he was in
for 130 days. He thought the major
factor in their release was Father Norm Weslin and the Lambs, who came to
return the favor of the born group which helped the Lambs in
Vermont. The witness of Joan Andrews was
a major influence on him. Courage is contagious, just like fear he
says, and her courage put the men to shame.
Towards the end, Tom Herlihy said, his faith was severely tested. But when it was over, he had no doubt that
they had won a pitched battle against the
almighty state, by the grace of almighty God.
Jail, No Bail
Jail, No Bail was a basic principle of Nonviolent
Direct Action, which was usually abandoned in practice. The Freedom Riders of 1961 were supposedly
pledged to Jail, No Bail, but, after
all the leaders bailed out, so did the rest except for a handful of die hards
including me, who were committed to it on principle. The failure to stick with Jail, No Bail gave the Mississippi
authorities the legal weapon they used to stop the Freedom Rides. The spiraling
legal and transportation costs forced CORE to call a halt. That part of the story is left out of the
1962 a group of anti war marchers stayed in jail for a couple of months
until Police Chief Laurie Pritchett
finally agreed to let them march through Albany, Georgia. He had successfully shut down the civil
rights movement there after they failed to maintain the Jail, No Bail discipline.
After Martin Luther King bailed out, they all did. And that killed the Albany Movement. This group of anti war marchers, led by Brad
Lyttle, showed how a group which stays committed to the basic principles of
nonviolent direct action can prevail in even the toughest situation. And that is what Father Weslin and the Lambs
demonstrated during some 30 rescues. [
Father Weslin's book is available from the crisis pregnancy home he started,
Mary Weslin Homes, P.0. Box 241281, Omaha NE 68124 ]
In the end, the Civil
Rights Movement succeeded mainly because of spectacular atrocities by people
like Commissioner Eugene Bull Connor of Birmingham and Sheriff Jim Clark of
Selma in full view of national and international media which put the story on
the front page and the pictures on the evening TV news. And ML King et al learned how to use the
media. In Birmingham, in the spring of
1963, Connor deployed police dogs and fire hoses against kids walking down the
sidewalk carrying signs. And the
pictures were on front pages all over the world. Two years earlier, the Freedom Riders made
the front page after Connor allowed a Klan-led mob to beat them up. The
beat up the reporters and photographers as well. That gave them a little motivation to fully
report on it. In 1965, Sheriff Clark's
mounted posse rode down peaceful voting rights marchers while the cameras
rolled. The Cossacks Ride Again !
The result was that everybody and his brother joined the March from
Selma to Montgomery. And the federal
government was pushed to pass the Voting Rights Act of 1965. The Civil Rights Movement should put up a
monument to Connor and Clark. They
deserve an award for Best Supporting Villainous Actors.
pro life action movement suffered worse atrocities at the hands of the police
during the 1989 rescues, but the media made them disappear from public
view. The policy of the mainstream media
towards the pro life action movement is ignore
them if you can, smear them if you can't.
A little bit of nonviolent direct action and a lot of front page media
is not going to work for us the way it once worked for the Civil Rights
Movement and the Anti War Movement of the 1960s. But a serious and sustained campaign of
nonviolent direct action, relying upon the means of communication that belong
to us, would work.
the early rescue movement
early rescue movement in Philadelphia and St. Louis was mostly Catholic. In Philadelphia, Joe Roach, a former banker,
led a series of rescues. Joe Wall of
Philadelphia was arrested some 33 times there and elsewhere. He was part of the first Denver rescue in
1986 when National Right to Life and the National Organization of Women had
conventions here the same week. National
Right to Life, under Wilke's leadership was already distancing the organization
from any kind of direct action, but a group of delegates carried out a rescue
at 20th and Vine. National Right to Life
has grown wimpier by the year, although it is hard to see how they manage to do
it. Catering to the cowards is the
bottom line of their program. The
rescuers in 1986 were roughly and unprofessionally handled by the police.
Andrew's book You Reject Them, You Reject
Me has a good history of the St. Louis rescue movement. She started rescuing there in March
1980. In 1986, she was given a 5 year
sentence after she unplugged a suction machine in a Florida abortuary. Here are some excerpts from my account in Pro
Life Action bulletin # 4:
Joan Andrews: the spirit of rescue
I'm just a little peon rescuer, she said, holding her thumb and index
finger 2 inches apart to illustrate what she meant by little. I happened to get publicity.
is a little peon rescuer who started rescuing in 1980 and who is still going
strong a decade later after 150 arrests.
She got some publicity--half what her case deserved--when she was given
a five year prison sentence for a rescue in Florida and for her subsequent
refusal to knuckle under to the pro abort court.
is obviously a truthful woman, but her modesty makes her untruthful about what
she is. She is at least a big peon rescuer to carry the weight
she carries for the pro life movement.
remarkable courage and spiritual toughness, which stymied the system that tried
to break her, made her a major inspiration to the pro life movement. Her name and her witness seem to come up
whenever you ask hard core rescuers about what motivates them.
isn't the only pro life hero or heroine who has labored in the vineyard from
the first hour but if you have to pick one to stand for them all, none of them
will argue with the choice of Joan Andrews.
is hard for most people to comprehend the character of a person like Joan
Andrews--I'm not sure that I do. Even
for those in the pro life movement who also engage in nonviolent direct action
and who get arrested for it she seems to be in some other dimension.
is, first of all, the problem of her relationship with Jesus Christ and then
her relationship with the preborn children she rescues. It is simple enough in a way--she takes
literally the gospel about accepting the cross and identifying with the least of these. But that is so uncharacteristic of normal
Christians that it strikes us as a kind of heathen fanaticism. Instead of interpreting the gospel, she tries
to live up to it. We all know that it
can't be done, so we naturally suspect her of being mentally unbalanced.
else would she insist on staying in prison when she could get out just by
cooperating a little, by deferring to the judge. We all have to defer to the judge don't we ? Only stubborn and foolish persons think you
can defy the judge.
non-cooperation in prison was essentially a contest of wills between one lone
woman and the government, which gave her a five year prison sentence for trying
to rescue the babies. They put her in
the worst prison in Florida, in a cell with no window, surrounded by hard
cases, half-crazy from being locked up for years. Every month they gave her the chance of
getting an early release if she would start cooperating. Every month she refused. They insisted they would keep her the whole
five years, but finally, after two and a half years, they released her--in
October of 1988. She immediately went
back to rescuing and she has been doing it ever since.
got some help from the outside. As best
they could, with no help from the media, no help from the federal government
and very little help from the Church, the pro life movement mounted a pressure
campaign against the State of Florida.
But it was mostly her own unconquerable spirit that finally effected her
Kingdom of God Is Within You, Leo Tolstoy says that most people
understand why the individual must lay down his life for something larger than
himself--for his family or his nation.
But they don't yet comprehend what Jesus showed us, that we must lay
down our lives for what transcends the nation, just as He did. I think that describes what Joan Andrews has
are some of the things she has to say about herself, about rescue and about
noncooperation. Quotes are from the talk
she gave here in Denver September 19 1990 and from her book of prison letters: You Reject Them, You Reject Me:
+++If there is a mining accident,
everyone in the community helps to rescue the trapped miners. So we are all called to help rescue the
+++Without rescue, baby-killing becomes
just another issue. It's debated as an
issue. It's compromised as an
issue. It shouldn't be debated at
all. There can be no compromise with
+++Rescue says that these little
pre-born babies are our brothers and sisters.
We block the execution with our bodies.
So, for the execution to take place, they first have to get rid of those
that love the children.
+++The closer we are to the preborn
children, the more faithful we are, then the more identically aligned we become
with them. This is our aim and goal: to
wipe out the line of distinction between the preborn and their born friends,
becoming ourselves discriminated against.
Good ! This is necessary. Why should we be treated any differently
? The rougher it gets for us, the more
we can rejoice that we are succeeding.
No longer are we being treated so much as the privileged born, but as
the discriminated against preborn. We
must become aligned with them completely and totally or else the double
standard separating the preborn from the rest of humanity will never be
eliminated. I don't want to be treated
any differently than my brother, my sister.
You reject them, you reject me. (cf. Mt. 25:45)
+++We do not expect justice in the courts. Furthermore, we do not seek it for ourselves
when it is being denied our beloved preborn brothers and sisters. Thus I plead a case for complete and total
vulnerability in court by refusing self-defense and all legal argumentation for
self protection. We should in
truth tell the court that we, as defenders and friends of the preborn, expect
no justice and no
compassion, as the true defendants, the
preborn children, received none and were killed without due process on the day
of the rescue attempt. We only stand
here in their stead, being substitute defendants by a compelling and painful
logic. They died for the crimes of being
preborn and unwanted. We expect no
justice from a judicial system which decrees such savagery and a government
which allows it. If it is a crime
punishable by death to be unwanted, maybe it should be a crime, punishable by
death, to love the unwanted and to act to protect them.
[ In the Roman Empire,
unwanted babies were exposed to die and it was a capital crime to rescue them
from death. But the early Christians did
rescue them. ]
+++One of the arresting police officers
went into a rage when I refused to walk out, and he locked me in a stranglehold
by the neck and demanded I walk out. He
kept choking me and almost got hysterical.
Finally he just dragged me out because I wouldn't submit. He cursed and raged all the way back to the
station. I always remain silent in the
face of rage unless I am asked a direct question. My throat and jaw was bruised for more than a
week. Having faced this particular
officer and others like him before, I think it is an inability for them to
accept a disregard for their authority, which of course they don't have in this
area. We are always polite with the
police, but we obviously cannot acknowledge their authority to force us to
leave a death chamber while we are trying to rescue the victim, and some
officers are just not able to accept that.
And you know, I am not surprised that many officers do not acknowledge
the humanity of the preborn, and I'm not surprised that there are those who,
though they do realize children are being legally murdered, yet follow orders
and feel it is their duty to stop our rescue attempts. And so I can't be surprised either that this
makes many of them, probably the majority, act in an unprofessional and
hot-headed manner. Especially I am not
surprised by this when you consider that though there are many, many people in
our society who are opposed to abortion, knowing it kills our youngest
children, that there are also many of those who do little or nothing to stop
the killing, not even by casting a pro life vote, or publicly voicing a pro
life opinion, because they are afraid of being viewed unfavorably by friends
and peers. So one can understand why
police officers behave as they do. Which
is what makes officers like Dave Buford, who gave me the rosary, and Officer
Fitzgerald, who broke down and wept after arresting John Ryan and Miriam, so
[ Chet Gallagher, a Las
Vegas police officer, became convicted in the middle of a rescue and joined the
rescuers, thereby giving up his job. He
and Joan Andrews both later rescued with the Lambs. ]
+++I feel deep peace and acceptance for
whatever comes. Let others know this in
case the sentence is a heavy one. There
will be a time when the courts will begin hitting us hard. We must be prepared. At the same time we must not shrink back when
it comes. We need to pray for strength
that we hang together and accept in perfect submission whatever trials and
[ written just before
she was given the five year sentence on Sept 24 1986; the courts did begin
hammering rescuers with extreme sentences;
and the police used pain
compliance on them in a number of cities ]
+++I firmly believe that we should
physically make the community deal with us, put us out of the way, in order to
carry out the killing in any given community.
This holocaust could not exist if even just the avowed prolifers in this
country decided in unison to refuse all cooperation with it. It doesn't take large numbers, but it does
take great dedication by the few.
+++Numbers are impotent if those who
comprise them are not willing to take up the Cross. And not even jail is the real
cross--especially as, with numbers, our people would be pretty safe from the
threat of jail. The real cross is dying
to image-consciousness and being willing to confront the holocaust
head-on. Not just at the death camps,
but in court and everywhere. To totally
refuse cooperation with any aspect of the holocaust and its rancid support
system. Forgive the soap box preaching,
but I truly believe this is the way we have to go. We have to step out from safety, no holds,
and let each other be our protection in the Body of Christ.
+++It is my sincere belief that we will
not be able to halt the killing, even were we to win a High Court reversal of
Roe and Doe and even were we to gain a Human Life Amendment, until and unless
our people stop the killing physically with their own bodies. If this is not made clear, if we do not make
the protection of children a fact by the obvious means we have always had at
hand--our own bodies, our own lives--then abortion will continue barely abated
once it's made illegal. It will simply
go "underground"--and barely will it have to do that, as the
powers-that-be will simply turn a blind eye to it just as they did in the last
years prior to 1973.
+++I should be on death row, not merely
in confinement. These courts and this
society have ruled that all preborn children as well as newborn handicapped
children can be placed on death row and summarily executed without so much as a
mock trial. So at the very least we
should be condemned to death also after a mock trial, because we love these
children and we try to defend them.
+++The most important reason why I
cannot compromise is that it is the very issue of compromise--regarding
cooperation--which has become the basis and structure and backup of the entire
abortion holocaust. I have been as
guilty of this as anybody over the years.
But if we ceased compromising with the holocaust, we could end it
her book she says that the new archbishop of St. Louis, John Lawrence May, told
diocesan priests not to participate in the rescues and this was one of the
reasons the St. Louis rescue movement shut down. The main reason was probably the increasingly
harsh sentences and atrocious treatment of rescuers.
there were other heroic rescuers who followed Joan Andrews. A trio of Catholic women who called
themselves Missionaries to the Unborn
carried out a series of rescues in Vermont.
They stuck to total noncooperation.
They were here for the PLAN conference in 1993 in connection with World
Youth Day. One of them, Kay Trudell, has
written some remarkable poems on pro life themes like the one called In
Defense of the Throwaway People.
Milwaukee Pastor Matt Trewhella has led one of the strongest pro life groups in
the country, the Missionaries to the
Preborn. Many of their rescuers
received long prison sentences for persistent rescues. Jim Soderna got two years. Tom Nowak got one year. Bryan Longworth and number of others served
long sentences. We should remember those
who put it all on the line to save the babies.
They laid the foundation for the persistent movement we have today. And they are still going 20 years later,
bringing the reality of abortion to the middle of the city via giant posters
and passing out pro life leaflets.
March 1989, dozens of women rescuers were physically and sexually abused and
maltreated by Pittsburgh police and guards at the Allegheny County jail. The Direct Action News (St. Louis) of August
1989 reported: Warden Charles Kozakiewicz and those acting under him, dragged, kicked,
punched, stripped, and molested these defenseless women. Two women were stripped naked and dragged
down a corridor in front of cells holding regular male prisoners, while police
laughed and uttered graphic obscenities. Most of these women were Catholic and a number
of them were Steubenville coeds. [ the
Franciscan University of Steubenville, Ohio, not far from Pittsburgh; ] There are more detailed and graphic accounts
of the treatment of these rescuers. A
lawsuit on their behalf was unfortunately dismissed, because of the court house
situation and also because of mishandling by incompetent attorneys.
happened to these rescuers was part of a nation-wide pattern of attack on the
rescue movement. Bishop George Lynch and
several priests were among those severely injured by police mistreatment of the
West Hartford Connecticut rescue on June 17th 1989. Many of these rescuers suffered lasting
injuries. Judah of The Lambs was sidelined with a severe knee injury suffered
in the West Hartford Connecticut rescue.
A similar pain compliance
attack upon rescuers took place at an abortuary near Los Angeles. Senator William Armstrong later held hearings
into these attacks on rescuers which received very little attention in the
media. They documented the fact that entirely peaceful psalm-singing rescuers were violently handled by
police in a number of cities.
April 1989 the first Operation Rescue
rescue in this area went to Leslie Durgin's Boulder
Valley Women's Clinic and completely shut it down. The Boulder police used a wheel chair to
wheel the arrested rescuers away. A
large number of rescuers were arrested.
Anglican Catholic Bishop James Mote was one of several rescuers who
refused to pay a fine and stayed in jail.
July 8th 1989, the rescue came to 20th and Vine in Denver. Over 100 police officers surrounded it as the
Mayor demonstrated his support for Planned Parenthood. The police used pain compliance on the rescuers--twisting their arms and thumbs to
force them to stand and walk, a procedure I had never seen used against
peaceful protestors. A number of rescuers suffered injuries which were
still bothering them a year later.
who persisted in rescuing were given extreme sentences. In Pennsylvania, Steubenville students Mike Schmiedicke and Kevin Cleary did two years in
prison. Father John Osterhout and 6 Steubenville students were given a year
in jail for a rescue in Allentown. They
could have been released had they agreed to stop rescuing babies but they all
refused. They were finally released in
May of 1993. In Boston, Father Thomas Carleton got 2 & 1/2
years for a rescue. Meanwhile, the Catholic voters of Massachusetts
continued to re-elect Ted Kennedy. Here
in Denver, Vern and Susan Kirby were given extreme sentences, as described
Schmiedicke was finally released on June 13th 1992 after he and fellow
Steubenville student Kevin Cleary spent almost two years in prison for
participating in two rescues in Pittsburgh, and for refusing parole offered on
condition that they not rescue.
told me that, when he was in college, he had too much beer to drink one
Saturday night and wound up in jail. And
thought he would kill himself if he ever wound up there again. And yet, by God's grace, he spent two years
in jail when he could have gotten out just by agreeing to the judge's demand
that he quit rescuing This is part of a
letter he wrote to me. [ from bulletin #
Testimony of Mike
is in its essence charity, in fact, it is the fullness of charity, when done in
the proper spirit, for no greater love
hath a man than this, that he lay down his life for his friends. That is why rescue is indispensable, that
is why we must rescue, because this is a spiritual battle, the Truth confronting
the Lie . . .
is why rescue is so important, because it is the ultimate act of charity, which
is the ultimate weapon against the Lie.
When we go there, we unequivocally assert the value of that child's life
by showing that it is worth exactly as much as our own. We love our neighbor as we love ourselves
can't always be justified in terms of temporal effectiveness. Currently, I am serving four years for two
days of shutting down clinics--a prime example of foolishness and ineffectiveness. Yet because this is a spiritual battle, I emerge, with Christ, as the ultimate victor
through the paradox of the Cross.
Christ, at the time of his death, had some twelve followers, all of whom
then deserted him as he went to the Cross.
Not a very effective evangelization program. Yet because of what he did--He loved--He made
possible the true conversion of millions and millions. Likewise, rescue has a similar success
record: first minimal and eventually
long as all you do is picket, counsel, etc. you relegate yourself to saving a
few children in an endless stream of victims.
You might appear at first to be more effective than rescue, but the
stream never ends. While you save a few,
you do not strike at the source and put an end to it. It would be like Christ continuing on with
his preaching/healing ministry but never carrying the Cross. While He would
heal many, it would be a position of despair in the end, because there would be
no final victory of good over evil.
Sooner or later, if you love enough, you must choose with Christ the
desperation of the Cross.
rescuer who goes to prison is confronting the totality of the Lie with the
fullness of the Truth and is then bearing the consequences of that
confrontation 24 hours a day. Every hour
he is in prison, he is a witness to the truth that children are good and worth
even the sacrifice of a life. He is
constantly tempted with opportunities to capitulate--to accept parole or
probation on condition that he promise not to rescue. The temptations are hard and, if you refuse
their "mercy" and their "generosity", then it's off to
if you agree to go and strive with Christ, to go like a lamb, you become, in
union with Him, a constant stream of intercession to the Heart of the Father,
your body a living sacrifice, holy and
pleasing to the Lord, your whole
will utterly crucified with Christ to make an offering that wounds with tender
pity our Father's merciful Heart. What
we seek is the power of the Resurrection.
That alone can end abortion. But
the Resurrection, the ultimate victory of Love over the Lie, comes only after
the Crucifixion. It depends not on how
many go, only that they go in love and persevere in faithfulness. "
The Meaning of Rescue
can't argue with the self sacrificing dedication of those heroic rescuers who
set the highest standard of personal commitment. I will argue with the assumption that sitting
in and getting arrested is the way to
save babies from abortion. Rescue is not a term which should be
exclusively reserved for sitting down in the clinic entrance and getting arrested. Anything you do which saves a baby from death
by abortion is a rescue properly
is just what Sidewalk Counsellors do every day of the week standing out in
front of the abortuary with their signs and literature. That is what people do by handing out pro
life leaflets in front of the high schools.
It requires as much courage to get out there with a sign all by yourself
as it does to risk arrest with 100 others.
We have people who have been coming faithfully once or twice a week for
20 years. And we have rescued a couple of babies every
we had the big rescues here in 1989,
they happened two months apart and then quit entirely. Most of those who participated had never done
sidewalk counselling, or picketed an abortuary or passed out pro life leaflets. And they still haven't. They bailed out the same day and that was the
end of it. After that, they voted for
time you participate in nonviolent direct action you may find yourself talking
to someone in a blue uniform. The risk
of being arrested accompanies serious efforts to save babies, just as the risk
of getting wounded accompanies combat.
As witness the 100 plus arrests we accumulated over the years despite
trying to stay within what we naively supposed to be our First Amendment
Rights. A good soldier doesn't just hide
out where he runs no risk of being wounded.
But neither should he stroll out into a field of fire and get himself
killed for nothing. A similar sensible
standard applies to rescuers.
is too easy to fall into that psychology where a bunch of people get arrested
as an end in itself and as a one time
adventure, not as the beginning of a serious and sustained commitment to
rescuing babies. That was a conspicuous
feature of the later Civil Rights Movement and it showed up again in the later
Rescue Movement. Too many of them used
a one time involvement with rescue as
an excuse for doing nothing thereafter by way of personal witness. I
Rescued, therefore I am Saved was their attitude.
became a one time fad. People got
their Rescue medal and decided they
only needed one. 60,000 rescued
once. 6000 rescued twice. 600 rescued three times. 60 rescued four times. We ended with half a dozen die hards still rescuing. Meanwhile, before they gave it up entirely,
Operation Rescue degenerated into Rescue
for Tourists--those that could afford $ 1000 to fly some where and rescue and then bail themselves out and
are called to be martyrs, which was
an old Greek word meaning witness. Called to bear witness to the truth even unto death. But not all of them were called to be killed
right away for refusing to participate in emperor worship and the wars of the
empire. Most were called to bear witness one day at a time, to live
Christian lives and serve the brethren. To pay out your life one day at a time in the
Lord's service is also to be a martyr,
a witness. Sometimes it is harder to live for a cause
than to die for it.
If going to prison is the only way to make a complete
commitment, then many people in the pro life movement have a very good
excuse--their small children--for not making a complete commitment. A major part of the pro life movement is made
up of women with lots of small children and the men who work hard to support
them. It can't be right to ask these
people to spend months in jail, to risk losing their jobs or to pay heavy fines. But are the only alternatives the petition
signing, the conventional politics, the token gestures and the once a year
activism that seems to satisfy so many pro-lifers ? I think we are all called to make a complete
commitment and we shouldn't provide people with excuses for not making it. So we have to find ways of making a complete
commitment that aren't restricted to people without other responsibilities.
But there are many things they can do. We have barely begun to do some of the
effective things we could do to rescue
babies, like passing out The First Nine
Months to everyone in the State.
Meanwhile, there are a whole lot of bored senior citizens out there who
might just as well play bridge in jail as any where else. Youth is a wonderful thing but it is wasted
on the young. The grey panthers are the foundation of a durable direct action
movement. And it doesn't have to be a
mass sit-in. Two people sitting in the
driveway disrupt the flow of customers.
And having 200 block the doors is only temporarily effective.
What Happened to the Rescue
should be a Rescue Movement of people
willing to face arrest to stop the abortion mill from going. And there could be, if we can clear the
wreckage of the last one off the tracks.
The first step is to understand why it failed.
main obstacle to a renewed rescue movement is that most Christians still have
that false faith which killed the old rescue movement. They still believe in the righteous Christian empire. Why go to jail when you can vote for George
Bush and let him take care of it ? No
doubt there was a failure of leadership but there was also a failure of
followership. They shared the same false
had no faith in the necessity of Spiritual
Warfare. In making a Declaration of
Independence from the World and sticking to it.
They believed instead that we could muster a Moral Majority and Take Back
the Power Bases--Randall Terry's slogan.
They tried to use nonviolent direct action as an alternative road to
political power. That is what eroded the
integrity of the Civil Rights movement in the late 1960s. That is what produced the corruption you see
in the career of Jesse Jackson and all the other hustlers.
Randall Terry did after he left Operation Rescue showed what his real agenda
was. He and others wasted millions of
dollars, months of time and tons of pro life energy in their futile attempt to get into
Congress. But they were only catering to
that Worldly Christian faith which is the common spiritual disease of what
pretends to be a pro life movement.
Wimp out in Wichita
cover story now circulating in the pro life movement says that the 1993 F.A.C.E
bill--Free Access to Clinic Entrances--killed
the Rescue Movement. It is not
true. The Rescue Movement was as dead as
vaudeville before FACE was
passed. It died out because pro life
Christians did not really believe in do-it-yourself
Christianity--aka nonviolent direct action.
It died out because Randall Terry and the rest of the Operation Rescue
leadership chickened out in Wichita.
Rescue went to Wichita Kansas in the summer of 1991 because Wichita was still a
place where rescuers received the same sort of lenient treatment given to other
kinds of protestors. After being booked
they were released on $ 25 bail. But
then the abortion industry got a federal injunction. Randall Terry left town. The rest of the OR leaders followed.
you defy the judge and his injunction in round one, and then say something
agreeable enough to get yourself out of jail in round two, that is a wimp out and it is no use pretending
that Randall Terry did anything else.
Worse, the other Operation Rescue leaders followed his example and let
their lawyers negotiate their own release on the same terms: agreeing to abide by the injunction, to call
off the rescues in effect, as far as they were concerned, and then leaving
town. And then they didn't have the
grace afterwards to tell the truth about it.
people came out for the rally on Sunday the 25th of August. The next morning there were 35 people ready
to rescue. And that was called off
because, behind the scenes, the Operation Rescue lawyers were making a
dishonorable deal with Judge Kelly to release the O.R. leaders still in
jail. In fact, that was the end of the
Wichita rescue campaign. Thanks to the
wimp out by the O. R. leaders, defeat had been snatched from the jaws of
spectacle of 35,000 prolifers at a rally was wonderful. The spectacle of 35 people willing to rescue
the next morning was not so wonderful.
To paraphrase a Latin poet: the
elephant goes into labor ! then ! . . .
out comes a mouse ! Pat Robertson
and George Grant weren't among the would be rescuers. The next time they invite these gents to a
rescue rally, they should make it clear that the invitation includes the rescue
to be held the next morning. If you are
too much of a big shot to rescue with us, then don't bother making speeches at
usual big pro life rally is supposed
to be a hot air festival. Rescue and
rescuers in jail aren't even mentioned.
But this rally grew out of 40 days of continuous rescues, which led to
2000 arrests. There were 150 rescuers
sitting in jail the afternoon of the rally.
Everyone applauded the rescuers and two of them addressed the rally by
phone from the jail. That is why it was
so strange that this mammoth rally actually
killed the rescue campaign instead of revitalizing it. How could it happen like that ?
reason is that the Operation Rescue leaders had already decided to follow the
example of Randall Terry and do whatever they had to do to get Judge Kelly to
release them. So, instead of using the
rally to boost the rescue effort, they used it as cover to quit the rescue campaign
and leave town.
Terry was conspicuously missing from
the rally, in obedience to Judge Kelly's order.
His failure to return for the mass rally on August 25th was the major
reason that it turned into a hot air festival instead of leading to a renewed
wave of rescues. He had a moral
obligation to be there and to personally lead the rescues. He was the primary leader of the Wichita
rescue campaign, and a courageous example from him would have been
contagious. Instead, he set an example
of bowing to Judge Kelly's injunction.
His example was contagious.
was the end of the rescue campaign in Wichita.
The rescuers still in jail for violating the injunction had committed
themselves to the rescue campaign and expected the same commitment from the
Operation Rescue leaders. Instead, the
rescue campaign was abandoned and the rescuers still in jail were left to get
out on their own as best they could. The
crowd went home, where they could watch Pat Robertson on TV in comfort. Randall Terry threw himself into a futile
attempt to arrive at political power.
And everybody followed that lead too.
Rescue was their stock in trade. It was the whole justification for Operation
Rescue. But you can't rescue without
going to jail ! You can't carry on a
sustained series of rescues without getting hit with an injunction. So how are you going to lead rescues if you
aren't ready to pay the price? The O.R.
answer was to try and set up a secular style of leadership which let them be
generals who don't put themselves at risk on the front lines.
fuss about Judge Kelly's injunction was a smoke screen for the abandonment of
the rescue effort by the O.R. leaders.
The legal basis for the injunction in federal law may be defective, but
injunctions in response to rescue campaigns are a fact of life. A sustained and serious rescue campaign will
inevitably produce an injunction. Every
city that had a sustained rescue campaign has drawn an injunction under local,
state or federal law. If the federal
basis for Judge Kelly's injunction was invalidated, it simply meant that the
abortion industry would have to get an injunction under state law as they do
elsewhere. Now they can try to get an
injunction under FACE.
injunction is always aimed at the leaders and organizers, who may not be
present at the actual protest site. The
O.R. leaders wanted to lead the rescue from a safe distance, without getting
themselves put in jail like the people who were actually rescuing. The injunction prevented them from doing
that. The injunction made them
personally responsible even though they stayed away from the rescue sites. But that is a common feature of
injunctions. It just recognizes that
those who organize and direct something are in fact answerable for it.
rescue organization that can't meet the challenge of continuing to rescue,
despite an injunction, is out of business as a rescue organization, however
many interviews it gets in the media. If
the rescue leaders aren't prepared to personally defy the injunction and take
the consequences, then who else is supposed to do it ? What qualifies them to go on being the
leaders if they no longer have the nerve to lead ?
of the underlying problems was that Randall Terry burned out on being in jail
during his last long sentence in Georgia in 1989-90. He came out of it 23 lbs. lighter and looking
10 years older. He felt betrayed by the
pro life movement which didn't rally to help him. He had sense enough to drop out of the
leadership role in the spring of 1990.
Unfortunately, he couldn't resist the temptation to try and lead from a
distance in Wichita. He thereby set a
style that all the other leaders in Operation Rescue copied. They pushed others into going to jail while
they stayed out--or bailed out--and held press conferences back at the hotel.
don't fault anyone for getting burned out on going to jail. Jail can be a very nasty place. It is designed to break a man's spirit and it
often does just that. Even if you
survive it spiritually, it can sap your emotional strength so that you aren't
up to much for a long while afterwards.
If someone drops out of the movement for that reason I have no criticism
for him. But Randall Terry persisted in
trying to lead the movement after he had dropped out of it. And thereby mis-led it in a very destructive
defying the injunction
injunction is just a piece of paper, if enough people treat it like one. It is a "law" which has no
authority behind it except that of one unelected pro abortion judge, who is
willing to be an errand boy for the abortion industry. For a month after Judge Kelly handed down his
injunction in Wichita, everyone ignored it and nothing was done about it. In round one, Randall Terry treated the
injunction like a piece of paper. But a
week later, he said what he had to say to get out of jail.
the leaders back off from breaking the injunction, then everyone starts backing
off. Then the injunction becomes a
monster that everyone fears. The
fearless few who continue to defy the injunction are gobbled up as a warning to
everyone else. That is just what
happened in Wichita. The next year they
tried the same thing in Buffalo. They
pushed people to defy the injunction.
Then went off and left them in jail and liable for $1000 bonds. The leaders avoided personal participation in
the rescues. When they were indicted
anyway, for violating the injunction, they paid thousands of dollars to bail
themselves out, while leaving everyone else stuck in jail.
called a press conference and defied the injunction--verbally. Then, when the actual rescue happened, they
were some where else, usually holding another press conference. It's like a man who invites everyone to dine
with him at the fancy French restaurant.
Then he excuses himself--just before the waiter shows up with the bill !
Wichita, Operation Rescue left the local people holding the bag--a very heavy
bag with the weight of a federal injunction in it. They played the game until they had raised
the rescue ante from an afternoon in jail to a year in jail. Then they said in effect: "Here, you play out the rest of this
hand !" They took the collection
basket with them and left the debts behind.
verse invoked by Operation Rescue is Proverbs 24.11 Rescue
those being led away to death. But
there was a seriously defective spirituality among the OR leadership. Their spiritual reading was an antique
Chinese military manual: The Art of War. And there was a Commandos Strike at Dawn psychology which had little in common with
the spirituality which is the necessary basis for The Spiritual Warfare of
common with most of those they led, the leaders of OR believed in Christians
pursuing political power. And, like the
late 60s civil rights movement, they tried to use nonviolent direct action as
an alternate road to political power. It
soon became the road to no where.
the end, the Operation Rescue program became Rescue for Tourists--people who want the once-in-a-lifetime thrill
of being in a rescue, and who are willing to pay several thousand dollars for
the privilege. That's what it costs to
get clear of the injustice system after Operation Rescue goes off and leaves
you entangled with it. No one who was
serious about a commitment to rescue would put up with this more than
once. That is the major reason they had
so many one time rescuers.
didn't let it bother them that they left behind the wreckage of a rescue
movement in the cities where they had major campaigns. Instead of building the rescue movement up,
they tore it down, because they didn't make a commitment to sustaining the
battle that they started. They started
a fight and then walked away from it, leaving the local people to try and carry
on a battle that was far too big for them to handle.
a little sensitive to the issue of leaders that bail themselves out, leaving
their followers behind in jail. It
happened more than once in the civil rights movement--Reverend King gave some
conspicuous examples of it. He was a
hero to the newspapers and to all the people who participated vicariously in
the civil rights movement, but he was no hero to those who had to carry on the
battle after he and the reporters left town.
And other civil rights leaders copied the style. It put a premature end to the Freedom Rides
in the summer of 1961 in which I participated.
I ended up spending five months in the Mississippi State Penitentiary
that year with a handful of other diehards, but our glorious leaders, who had
originally insisted upon jail--no bail ! were long gone--they all bailed out. It wasn't a bad experience for me
personally--it was a good one, really--but the Freedom Rides came to an abrupt
and premature end because of the wimp out by the leadership. It seriously diminished the value of the
sacrifice that we had been called upon to make.
They threw away a great opportunity because they didn't have the
spiritual grit to persevere.
leader should not ask other people to do what he won't do. If you are the leader, your rear end should
go over the fence first. You should be
the last one to leave the jail, not the first one--like the captain who stays
with his ship until everyone else is clear.
If you can't do that, you have no moral right to lead rescues.
failure of follower-ship
The Rescue movement died out because of a
leadership obsessed with the pursuit of political power and because of a
followership with a false faith in the fundamental righteousness of the
American Empire and in the broad road of conventional politics. A faith that they could stick with the moral majority.
did not believe in building a Christian Society via Do It Yourself
Christianity. They believed in leaving
it up to God and the Government. Why go
to jail when all you have to do is Vote for Bush ? The
President will take care of it, all I have to do is Vote. And that is where we are now. = no
The Rescue Movement died out because most of
the nominally pro life Christians
participating in it did not really believe in relying upon spiritual warfare to
stop abortion. That is why they rescued once and quit. They did not believe that Christians must
bear personal witness and must refuse to conform to the world which shrugs off the killing of babies by abortion, which
calls it health care. Especially if they had to do it and had to
risk jail in order to do it.
believed that abortion could be stopped through conventional politics and the
law. The lawyers will find some new
legal stratagem to reverse Roe versus
Wade. They still cling to that
illusion because it is the necessary foundation of their own comfortable life
style. They can go along with the crowd. They don't have to confront the crowd with
personal witness to the truth about abortion.
They can wait patiently for the pro
life politicians and the lawyers to do the job.
they finally lose that illusion, it is predictable that they will accept
violence as the only way to stop abortion.
Violence by someone else anyway, while they support the troops. They do
not believe in nonviolent direct action or in using your first amendment rights
out in front of the abortuary to save babies.
But they do believe in war, so long as they don't have to fight it.
that there is likely to be a war over abortion.
Not that many care enough to fight about someone else's baby being
killed. But the increasingly rancorous
divisions in American society have the potential for a violent conflict which
will include abortion as one of its
moral justifications. The American Civil
War wasn't really about slavery. It was
about power and wealth, like all wars.
But the issue of slavery provided that moral tinge which wars
The FACE ACT
did not shut down the so-called Rescue
Movement as many people mistakenly believe.
The FACE Act provided a convenient excuse for Operation Rescue to
quit. In 1993, the Clinton
Administration pushed through the FACE bill, which gave the federal government a
legal weapon to target pro life activists.
The specious justification for FACE was that there was a place or two in
the whole country, like Wichita, where rescuers
were not being hammered as hard as they were in the big cities.
is no reason to quit rescuing because the Federal Government gets
involved. If you can tolerate County
Court, you will find that Federal Courts are larger and pleasanter. You don't have to wait through a parade of
drunk driving and domestic violence cases before they get to your case. And federal jails are nicer than big city
the Congress rushed through a law targeting draft card burning in the fall of 1965, it led to a wave of draft
card burning. It allowed men who were
not draft eligible, like me, to join the 20 year olds facing conscription in
defying the government. By the spring of
1967 draft card burning had become a fad and the Feds gave up trying to enforce
the law. A similar thing could have
happened had there been any real momentum in the so-called Rescue Movement. Federal
jails are no worse than the city jails that rescuers had to put up with. And it would have raised the profile of rescue to a national level.
the rescue movement
have to revive the Rescue Movement. To do that we have to clear away the wreckage
on the tracks. We have to discard the
false faith of conformist Christianity, of imperial Christianity which persists
in believing that we can hold on to all our privileges as citizens of the
empire without giving up our citizenship in the Kingdom of God. That we can pursue political power and impose
Christian morality via the power of the state.
The People Are With Us. The principalities and powers of this world
are on our side ! Or soon will be, after
the next election. [ See what Paul has to say about that. ]
The Rescue movement of 1988-1991 was the
largest nonviolent direct action movement the country has ever seen. And the most peaceful. It was never marred by the kind of rock
throwing and vandalism that more and more marked the Civil Rights movement of
the later 1960s as its runaway success began to attract an undisciplined crowd
who stayed out so long as it was a small and risky movement. The boast of Operation Rescue was that 60,000
rescuers were arrested without one conviction for assault. Which, in a rescue,
usually means that you bumped into someone or that they bumped into you. The nonviolent discipline was as good as the
early civil rights movement. And had no
similarity to contemporary demonstrations which routinely include vandalism and
throwing things at the police.
of the mis-reporting of the commercial news media, people outside the pro life
movement still don't understand that a "rescue" isn't just another
name for a protest or a demonstration.
It's a way of directly stopping the killing of babies.
has never been anything quite like the
rescue. Most direct action movements
find it difficult to directly target the evil they oppose. The sit-ins did directly target the
segregated lunch counters but most civil rights demonstrations were forced to
target something or someone at several removes from the thing they were trying
to get at. They wound up doing stupid
things like blocking the highway. And
it's the same with other movements. In
order to oppose the war, you wind up picketing the post office, because the
military recruiters have an office there, but the war you want to stop is a
long way off.
August 6th 1963, a very hot Sunday in St. Louis, a couple dozen of us picketed
the Post Office for an hour by way of a vigil commemorating the dropping of the
atomic bomb on Hiroshima. That was about
as close as we could get to the destruction of more than 100,000 people by the
Hiroshima bomb. There was a Catholic
grade school at ground zero. You can't
get within 1000 miles of the war you are trying to stop. But when you go to the local abortuary with a
sign, you are a few feet away from the War
on the Unborn. The couple on their
way to put a baby in the trash has to pass right by you. If you sit down in the driveway, they have to
drive over you. Or stop.
abortion war is going on right in front of you and you can stop it, if you are
willing to put your body on the line.
There sits the abortuary, and, just by sitting down in front of it, you
can save the life of an abortion-bound baby and call everyone's attention to
the murder going on there. It's a life
and death drama that cannot be misunderstood by anyone, as hard as the media
tries to obscure what is going on.
the segregated lunch counters which were targeted by the sit-ins of the early
1960s, it is a situation that was made for direct action ! But at a price that many are unwilling or
unable to pay. But some are already
paying the price and, every new day, a few more are joining them.
have to do everything we can to interfere, whether within the law or outside
the law. The law which allows abortion
is not law, no more than the law which allowed slavery. No more than the Roman law which made it a crime
to pick up an infant exposed to die. Can
you let that infant die while you wait to change the law ? Not if you pretend to be a Christian.
is a good argument to be made for not doing it, because you will soon be
spending your time in jail instead of in front of the abortuary. There is a bad argument that you can vote for
somebody or something by way of stopping abortion. There is a very bad argument that all you
have to do is pray. And that is why we
must remember the rescuers. And study
the example they set. And prayerfully
consider following it.
Importance of the Media
black bible college students sat in at a segregated lunch counter in Greensboro
North Carolina on February 1st 1960. The
media gave it front page treatment. By
June, 20,000 people, mostly college students had participated in the lunch counter
sit ins. That launched the Civil Rights
Movement of the 1960s.
the fall of 1988, I came across a small item, buried in the newspaper, which
said that 200 more had been arrested in a rescue
in Atlanta, bringing to 10,000 the number
arrested there since the Democratic National Convention began. I regularly read the newspaper and regularly
clipped items about nonviolent direct action campaigns and this was the first I
heard of rescues. It shows how the mainstream media handled the
rescue story. But Randall Terry had gotten national
publicity from two Christian programs, Pat Robertson's 700 Club and James Dobson's Focus
on the Family. They helped him
launch Operation Rescue into a nation
wide rescue organization.
major reason for the extreme sentences given to rescuers was the virtual black
out in the media. They can get away with
inflicting extreme sentences on peaceful protesters because few are aware of it
or concerned about it. The Catholic
diocesan press also paid very little attention to the pro life prisoners. They are not comfortable with those who go to
jail for what they believe.
Denver Vern and Susan Kirby were given extreme sentences--two years and
$4000--for one sit-in and for once kneeling in the driveway of the Planned
Parenthood abortuary here. A couple of
months later, the sentence was cut short after the Register belatedly ran a
front page story about them. The regular
news media had ignored the story. Before
that, the media blacked them out. A
Rocky Mountain News reporter who did a sympathetic story on the rescue trials
found her story buried in the want ads at the back of the paper.
diocesan press was allergic to the rescues or any serious anti abortion
effort. It is not likely that they will
stop hiding in the pews any time soon and provide a reliable news source for
nonviolent direct action to rescue babies from abortion. EWTN isn't any better. They cover the March in Washington as if it
was somehow a Great Event for people to take a once a year bus trip to
Washington. Their reporter never heard
of the rescue movement.
to use the mainstream media to deliver the pro life message is useless. A serious pro life action movement has to
proceed without any help from the mainstream media. You can rely upon them to smear you if they
cover you at all. Even if you water down
the message 9 parts water to 1 part message, like the official pro life
organizations do, they will find a way to trash it.
I think it may be best that we get no media support. They are at best a treacherous ally. They put the Freedom Riders on the front page
and then, not long after, put the Watts rioters and the Black Panthers on the
front page. Anything to sell
newspapers. The media spotlight attracts
all sorts of people, like moths to the street light, who have vain and shallow
motivation. Who are more of a hindrance
than a help. It attracts all the
hustlers who have something to sell or careers to promote. But we still have our newsletters. And the internet is creating new ways to
communicate that we are only beginning to explore.
isn't just a set of tactics. It implies
that we build up the kind of responsible Christian community that we need to
keep going, that we take care of one another as Christians should. It implies that we stop playing soldiers,
that we stop grand-standing for the media, and that we instead commit ourselves
to a serious nonviolent movement to stop the killing of the unborn.
of the best things done in the civil rights movement was the Mississippi Summer
campaign of 1964 which sent hundreds of volunteers into a campaign against the
strongest fortress of the segregationists.
It cost the lives of three civil rights workers, but it broke the back
of the racial segregation establishment.
we are serious about rescue, we have to go after the hard targets. We need to concentrate on places like
Pittsburgh which have given the worst penalties to rescuers. If you can once overwhelm the system in the
toughest place you can find, other cities will back away from harsh
treatment. Are we tough enough yet to do
that ? I think we are getting a little
tougher every day and that the day is coming when we will be ready.
But we need to weaken
the other side and wear them down first by a sustained and serious campaign of
nonviolent direct action in education.
The amount of public revulsion against abortion and the amount of public
sympathy for rescuers directly determines how hard the injustice system
hit us. If everyone on the jury panel at
the court house plus all their friends and relatives had been handed a picture
of Baby David at the shopping mall
the month before, their verdict on abortion protesters would have been entirely
different. The main thing defeating us
is our own lack of serious and sustained purpose.
first Christians did not wait around to be persecuted. Like Jesus himself, they aggressively
challenged the evil of the world
which persecuted them. Jesus warned them
they would be taken to court. The early
Christians regularly went to jail as part of their witness against the
world. It was their common experience as
described in Acts 4.3, 5.17, 8.3 and
12.6 etc. Saint Paul's epistles
were often written in jail. That is how
they defined themselves. That experience
was central to the growth and development of the Christian community. Community
meant something. It was not the idle
word we use now to describe something that is in no way a real community.
else can Christian society be re-established if not by confronting and
struggling against the evil of the neo-pagan and pseudo-Christian society which
surrounds us ? --this neo-pagan society which now pretends to be Christian. That struggle renews the Spirit. The Spirit regenerates the Christian
community--the Christian society which will put an end to abortion among
ourselves while it sets the example to the nation which is so obviously headed
for self-destruction. We can't keep it
from going there. That is the illusion
we have to discard. But we don't have to
go along with it. And we can thereby rescue
at least some of those who will otherwise perish.
first Christians were told by Jesus that they must not conform to the world
even while they continued to live in the world.
They must be in the world but
not of the world. What did he mean ? John 14.22
how is it that thou wilt manifest
thyself unto us and not unto the world ?
15.19 the world hateth you 16.13
the Spirit will guide you into all
truth 17.9 I pray
for them; I pray not for the world, but
for them 17.11-18 these
are in the world, they are not of the world. That sharp distinction between the world and
his followers is what worldly Christians have erased. We cannot confront the evil of this world
while we conform to the world.
Friendship with the
World is Enmity
( James 4.4 )
ends his time of preparation by refusing Satan's offer to make him the ruler of
all the kingdoms of the world, a worldly king
of kings who would owe his power to his Satanic majesty. (Mt 4.8 and Lk 4.5) Then he begins his time of teaching with the
proclamation that the kingdom of God is
at hand. (Mt 4.17, Mk 1.15) He really means it ! It is here and now! (Luke 10.9-11, 11.20) And yet it is still to come. (Lk 21.31) (Rev 12.10) It is here on this earth (Mt 6.10) but it is not of this world. (John
18.36) It is not a political
kingdom, established by armed men (John
18.36) rather, the kingdom of God
is within you. (Lk 17.21) Not until the end, will the kingdoms of this
world become part of the kingdom of God.
(I Cor 15.24) (Rev 11.15)
kingdom is not of this world, that is
why his followers do not take up arms.
(John 18.36) The world hates
him because I testify of it that its
works are evil. (John 7.7)
Its works are evil and Satan is the
prince of this world. (John 14.30, Lk 4.6) The world also hates those who follow Jesus
because they do not belong to the world.
(John 15.18 1 John
3.13). I pray not that thou shouldst take them out of the world, but that thou
shouldst keep them from the evil.
(John 17.15) And there they are--in the world, but not of
the world. How are they to do it ? Christians must rely upon the wisdom of God
and not the wisdom of the princes of this
world. (1 Cor 2.6, 3.19) They must be non-conformists ! They must stop conforming to the world ! (Rom 8:29, 12:2)
is the Holy Spirit that makes you a Christian and, at the same time, an enemy
of the world and the prince who rules it.
It is the Spirit of truth, whom
the world cannot receive, because it seeth him not, neither knoweth him; but ye
know him, for he dwelleth with you and shall be in you. (John
14.17) The world lives by lies. They
are the foundation of war; of conventional politics; of business and commerce;
of the abortion industry. They are the
characteristic sign of the way the world does business, but we are so
accustomed to it, so de-sensitized to it, that we hardly notice it. The truth
is the world's bane, its nemesis, and it naturally hates the man or woman who
is animated by this spirit of truth. Truth
is the first casualty in war.
belongs to us, not to the world. (John
14.19-27) He came to deliver us from this present evil world,
not to show us how to get along with it.
(Gal 1.4) He manifests himself to us and dwells
with us; he gives us a peace which
the restless world lacks. The prince of this world cometh and hath
nothing in me. (John 14.30)
So, if Jesus dwells with us, how often should we entertain the prince of
this world as a visitor ? How much,
besides nothing, can we afford to
have of that which belongs to the prince of this world ? What is he the prince of ? Of war, surely, just as Jesus is the Prince
of Peace. Of wealth, surely. Why else does Jesus warn us again and again
about money ? Ye cannot serve God and mammon.
(Mt 6.24, Lk 16.13, 16.19-25) Of
power, surely--what else can he mean when he rebukes their competitions for
place and power by showing them that they must be like children, like
servants. What sort of a prince is it
that washed their feet for them ?
(John 13.4-15) No prince of this world ever did such a
has to be a fundamental antagonism
between the follower of Jesus and the world.
The world is crucified unto me and
I unto the world says Saint
Paul. (Gal 6.14) He exhorts us to live blameless and harmless, the sons of God without rebuke, in the midst of
a crooked and perverse nation, among whom ye shine as lights in the world. (Phil 2.15)
Whosoever therefore will be a friend
of the world is the enemy of God.
(James 4.4) If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him. (1 John
2.15) Marvel not, my brethren, if the world hate you. (1 John
3.13) And we know that we are of God and the whole world lieth in wickedness. (1 John
In the world ye shall have
tribulation. But be of good cheer. I have overcome the world.
(John 16.33) Does that mean that the battle is over and
done, that all we have to do now is enjoy the good things Jesus has won for us,
the spoils of his victory? That was the
false faith of Eusebius and Augustine who thought they had witnessed the final
triumph of Jesus over the world. That
false faith persists among the false Christians who have conformed to the
world. That belief erases the central challenge of the Christian
life: to follow Jesus into the battle
with the world.
As thou hast sent me into the world,
even so have I also sent them into the world. (John 17.18) What comes out here, as in every chapter of
the New Testament, is the call to the individual Christian to follow the example of Jesus in doing battle
against the evil power of the world. The
supreme act of his life is the one on one spiritual battle with the evil one
himself, theprince of this world.
(John 12.31, 14.30, 16.11) But then He calls us to carry on that battle
by means of the power of His Spirit inside us.
(John 15.16-20, 16.7-13) This battle isn't against the natural world,
it is against the world of evil men and the prince they serve--against principalities, against powers,
against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness
in high places. (Eph 6.12) Is this battle over and done ? No it has only begun ! And it is up to us to fight it ! The
spirit of anti-Christ is already in the world, John tells us, but greater is he that is in you, than he
that is in the world. (1 John 4.3,4)
Whatsoever is born of God
overcometh the world. (1 John 5.4)
Saving the Empire
do not have the call nor the power to save the empire from destroying
itself. It isn't up to us to save the
empire from itself. Or to pretend to
ourselves and others that we are doing that while we continue to cling to the
power and wealth of the empire--cf working
within the system. It is up to us to
preserve our families by re-building the Christian Community, independently of the world and independently of the
apostate and worldly church which falsely claims to be Christian.
isn't up to us to Save the World or to Save
America, which is rightly defined as one of the Empires of This World. It is up to us to do whatever we can by
participating in the saving mission of Jesus Christ--As my Father sent me, even so I send you. If we can't stop the war, we can refuse to
participate in the war. We can put an
end to abortion in our families and we can help to build an abortion free
society--help to restore a society which lives by Christian principles. We have to become the citizens of a very
different kingdom if we are to survive-- A
new society within the shell of the old, as Peter Maurin put it, Built
with a philosophy so old that it looks new.
apostates who made the deal with Constantine in the 4th century launched that
worldly Christianity which is still very much with us and which has no good
alternative to an aborted America. But
the true Christian community persisted as an outlawed and persecuted
church. It still does. And it provides a foundation for a society
which does not have to practice contraception, backed by abortion, to prevent
its privileged position from eroding.
building christian society
Constitution which perpetuated slavery and which now protects abortion is no
foundation for a moral society and never will be. Contra the forlorn faith of those who still
cling to a willful and knot-headed belief in the once and future some day righteousness of the American
Empire. But we have another document
which is the foundation for a moral society:
the authentic record of the life and teaching of Jesus Christ and the
society he founded. Which is
supplemented by the documents of the early church. In the gospel of John, Jesus describes two
primary signs of the Christian community:
1. John 13.24-35
A new commandment I give unto you,
That ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one
another. 35 by this
shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to
2. John 15.18-19
If the world hate you, ye know that it hated
me before it hated you. 19 If ye were of the world, the world would
love his own: but because ye are not of the world, therefore the world hateth
you . . . 20 if they have persecuted me, they
will also persecute you;
says love the brethren and hate the
world--expect to be hated bythe world. He thereby defines Christian Society pro and
con. Those two signs have disappeared
from what still claims to be the Christian community. Community
has long since disappeared and families are going the same way. They put their unwanted babies in the trash
and their unwanted old folks in the nursing home. Then get divorced.
hang on to their property and use it to buy what security they can for their
old age instead of leaving it to their children, who live so far away and who
have no interest in taking care of them when they can no longer care for
themselves. There is no real security
for any of us, unlike that first Christian community for whom social security grew out of their
commitment to that community.
second major sign of real Christians that Jesus describes in those final
chapters of the gospel of John is persecution by the world. If you are
comfortable and at ease with the world you live in, how does that square with
the faith that you are one of the chosenones who belong to Jesus ?
the time of Constantine and Augustine, worldly Christians have been patriot
conformists to the empires of this world. Now they call it persecution if their wealth and power is threatened or they lose
any of their privileges. If they have
long since discarded Christian faith and morals, it is only incidental to
maintaining the position they have achieved as citizens of the empire.
early Christians took care of their old folks.
The Amish still do in their grandpa
houses. The All Things Common of the primitive Christian Community naturally
developed from their attempt to live the Christian life mandated by Jesus
Christ. How can you love one another if you refuse to share
with one another ? There was no such
thing as a rich Christian in the
early Church. You were rich or you were
a Christian but you could not be both.
Acts 2.44 says And all who believed were together and had
all things in common; and they sold their possessions and goods and distributed
them to all, as any had need. Acts
4.34 There was not a needy person among them, for
as many as were possessors of lands and houses sold them, and brought the
proceeds of what was sold and laid it at the apostles' feet; and distribution
was made to each as any had need.
Acts 5.4 indicates, the early Christian Church did not abolish private
property. But they developed a tradition
of voluntary sharing which was incompatible with any of them having a
superfluity of goods while others remained in need. The early Christians could hardly have
avoided this whole-hearted sharing, one with another, if they took seriously
the new commandment that Jesus gives
us to love one another as I have loved
you. They met the needs of their community instead of indulging
themselves and their children in an ever more luxurious life style.
was in fact the most conspicuous sign of the early church, as a Roman official
once exclaimed: See how they love one another !
Tertullian writing about 200 AD
said: So we, who are united in mind and soul, have no hesitation about
sharing property. All is common among
us--except our wives. *** . . . What wonder then, if friends so dear have a common meal ? Apology
39.11 & 14 But the Imperial Church
put Christian community in the trash along with Christian pacifism and the
other basic disciplines of the early church.
And that is the tradition which modern worldly Christians have
inherited. It has proven to be a fertile
soil for the weeds of slavery and every other evil. Now the most conspicuous of those evils is
[ *** except our wives is a reference to the doctrine found in Plato's Republic. Plato's abolition
of the family was preserved by libertine and fag-friendly secret societies
down through the centuries. Then it
re-surfaced in 18th century Freemasonry and 19th century Communism and 20th
century radical feminism. [ See the Governor Bradford essay on the radicalchristianpress.org web site.
the Christian community
versus the Kingdom of Israel
and versus the Empire of Rome
Kingdom of God, as Jesus defined it, was not compatible with the restoration of
the Kingdom of Israel, whose king Jesus refuses to become. ( John 6.15 & 18.36 ) That first Christian community, made up
mostly of Jewish Christians in Jerusalem itself, steadily diverged from the
nation of Israel, primarily because of relentless persecution. The captive nation of Israel was doomed by
its rejection of Jesus as the Messiah and by its embrace of the warrior messiahs who led it into the rebellion
against the Roman Empire in 66 AD. [ See
Render, Not Sur-render Unto Caesar
] The rebellion ended in the
destruction of Jerusalem and its Temple in 70 AD. A million Jews perished from war and
starvation and many of the rest were led away into that long exile of the
Jewish nation. By the time that
happened, the persecuted Christians had heeded the warning Jesus gives in Luke
21.20 when ye shall see Jerusalem compassed with armies . . . and they got out of there. They could not prevent Israel from being
destroyed but they could save themselves and their families and they did.
new Christian society was entirely incompatible with the Empire of This World. It could not save the empire from itself nor
turn it back from its course of inevitable self destruction. Idolatry of the Empire, War, looted wealth
and slavery were the pillars upon which the Roman Empire was built. The Kingdom of God established by Jesus and
his disciples was built upon an entirely different foundation. The early Christians built their communities
in the moral rubble of the collapsing Roman Empire. They held their services in graveyards and
catacombs--quite literally underground.
the help of apostate Christians, Constantine attempted to co-opt Christianity
because he recognized the strength of Christian society which stood like a rock
in the moral flood carrying away the debris of a disintegrating Roman
society. But the imperial Christianity
he established with the help of the apostate bishops could not save the empire
from itself. It soon exhibited the same
rot. [ See The Church of the Empire
Chapter VI ] In The City of God, after the sack of Rome
by the Vandals, Augustine offers a lame
apology for the failure of Christianity, as the new state religion, to save the
Roman Empire from itself. The empire
continued to disintegrate. The Vandals
conquered Roman North Africa and laid siege to Hippo while Augustine lay
dying. A century later there was little
left of the western empire except the beleaguered city of Rome, protected by
its walls and surrounded by the barbarians with whom they had to make a deal. The Roman Empire launched 1500 years earlier
from the City of Rome had come full circle.
It's criminal career was finally finished.
marks of the early church disappeared from the Imperial Church established by
Constantine. He began to herd the entire
pagan population into it. That was the
beginning of that mass church on a
minimal basis which is with us still.
( see The Church of the Empire,
Chapter XIII Everybody's Church: wheat & tares ) There was no room for Christian Community in that Church.
It perpetuated the class structure of the Empire in which half the
people were the slaves of the aristocracy and half the rest were soldiers. It perpetuated the unjust society.
fundamental heresy and apostasy of the Imperial Church of Eusebius and
Augustine is the doctrine that the antagonism between the followers of Jesus and The World--the Great Empire of This World--was ended by the pseudo
conversion of the Emperor Constantine.
transcendent faith of the early Christians was an antidote to that obsession
with the pursuit of material goods which is characteristic of worldly Christians. Their trust in God and their confidence in
one another insulated them from that gnawing fear which pushes people to store up treasure here in pursuit of the
illusion of security. Which pushes them
into the kind of feverish and runaway speculations that always end in crashes,
like the crash of the American housing market in 2008.
Imperial Christianity which appeared in the time of Constantine and Augustine
replaced the original definition of Christian Society with an apostate Church
that joined the Imperial Bureaucracy and which sanctified war, wealth and
slavery. The old patriotic faith in the
Roman Empire was recycled as faith in the Christian Roman Empire. These apostates celebrated the merger of The
Church and The World. Eusebius hailed
the Court of Constantine as the fulfillment of the Kingdom of God on
anti-church which depended upon the military power of the Roman Empire was
circumscribed by the limits of that power.
When the empire was divided, it
was divided. When rival "Christian"
armies took the field, the perpetual civil wars of the empire became a
perpetual feature of Christendom. The
disintegrating empire soon produced a diversity of Christian churches and rival armies. The Christian
armies that pillaged Rome in Augustine's time and that were knocking on the
gates of Hippo, while he lay on his death bed, were the bitter fruit borne by
that union of ecclesiastical and military power which was begun by Constantine
and which was justified in all his works by Augustine. Having learned Roman military tactics and the
theology of military christianity from the Imperial
government and the Imperial church, the
barbarian tribes came to teach a gospel lesson to their old masters: they
who take up the sword shall perish with it.
that kind of Worldly Christianity--of Secular
Christianity properly so called--is what we have been stuck with ever
since. Even while the original Christian
community has persisted as a persecuted church and an underground church down
through the centuries, where it is often found under the heretic label.
faith in the empire
Chesterton observed that a faith in the British Empire was the real religion of
many men of his time. And men also meld
their worldly Christian faith with
their faith in the empire to produce that patriotic idolatry which is
characteristic of the American Cult. It
is a false faith which cannot withstand a real fire--it cannot protect us from
the moral fire which is now consuming American society. German Christians, Catholics and Lutherans,
intoxicated with the grand vision of the restoration of the German Empire in a Thousand Year Reich, followed Hitler to
glory land--followed him over the cliff which all empires go over sooner or
later. [ see: Hitler
Deploys the Patriot Pastors ] That faith in the Christian Kingdom and the
Christian Empire and the Christian State is the blindness of worldly
Christians. The god of this world has blinded them as St. Paul says. [ see:
Heresy of the Christian State
] It is Conformist Christianity which allows so-called Christians to conform to this
world in violation of the plain injunctions of the gospel. The worldly Christians of America are captive to this false faith. They are their own jailors. They can find no way out of an aborted
America. We have a wealth-pursuing anti
family economy. How can we escape from
abortion free society must have a family friendly economy. How do we get there ? The false faith of worldly Christians
prevents them from undertaking the serious effort which is necessary to build
an honest economy in the moral ruins of the American empire. But those who have the eyes to see it can do
it, regardless of the blindness of those others with whom they must part
company when they get serious about doing it.
cf. 2 Corinthians 6.17: come out from among them, and be ye separate.
Christian Society--a moral society--must be built upon the foundation of a just economy.
Which means that it must somehow escape from being intertwined with and
dependent upon the unjust economy of the
world. It must escape from
dependence upon the government and it must escape from dependence upon the
corporations. It must issue a declaration
of moral and
spiritual independence from the empire and the imperial
economy. And then live up to it. It is easier said than done. But it has to be done. And it can be done. Those first Christians showed us the
of Christian families now home school their children to avoid exposing them to
the eroded morals of the public schools--sex
and drugs and rock and roll.
Contraception and abortion provided by Planned Parenthood. Celebration of
perversity diversity. But the logic of providing your children with
an alternative to the public schools is that you also need to help them find an
alternative to that amoral and anti family economy which young adults are
confronted with when they finish high school.
In fact, you have put them at a serious disadvantage by teaching them
non conformity to the society and the economy upon which we are in fact
dependent. Now they must find that
narrow and difficult path which leads to independence, which will keep them from the evil of this world.
The Unjust Economy
is an unjust society which is built
upon an unjust economy. That is its foundation. Like every other worldly empire. It isn't that Americans are worse than other
people. Americans areother people. They are a representative cross section of
the human race. And they exhibit the
same fallen nature. And the empire
brings out the worst in us. One of the
grand illusions which belongs to the false faith of the American Cult is that America
is somehow unique and exceptional--our turds don't stink,
unlike the rest of the world. Once you
arrive in America--assuming you are here legally--you begin to produce a pure
white product like ivory soap which has a faint lilac fragrance.
John Henry Newman once said: Earthly kingdoms are founded, not in
justice, but in injustice. They are
created by the sword, by robbery, cruelty, perjury, craft and fraud. There never was a kingdom, except Christ's,
which was not conceived and born, nurtured and educated, in sin. There never was a state, but was committed to
acts and maxims, which it is its crime to maintain and its ruin to
abandon. What monarchy is there but
began in invasion or usurpation ? What
revolution has been effected without self-will, violence or hypocrisy ? What popular government but is blown about by
every wind, as if it had no conscience and no responsibilities ? What dominion of the few but is selfish and
unscrupulous ? Where is military
strength without the passion for war ?
Where is trade without the love of filthy lucre, which is the root of
all evil ? (from: "Sanctity the Token of the Christian
Empire" in Sermons on Subjects of the Day
an earlier period we have the classic statement of brutal realism with which
John Fitzgibbon, Lord Clare, tried to quieten the liberal posturing of his
fellow Ango-Irish landowners in 1789: The
Act by which most of us hold our estates was an Act of violence--an Act
subverting the first principles of the Common Law. The essay on IRELAND in the 9th edition of the Encyclopedia Britannica describes
the effect upon Ireland of the English occupation:
The poor squatted where they could,
receiving starvation wages, and paying exorbitant rents for their cabins,
partly with their own labor. Unable to
rise, the wretched people multiplied on their potato plots with perfect
recklessness. During the famine which
began in the winter of 1739 one-fifth of the population is supposed to have
perished; yet it is hardly noticed in literature, and seems not to have touched
the conscience of that English public which in 1755 subscribed 100,000 pounds
for the sufferers by the Lisbon earthquake.
As might be expected where men were allowed to smuggle and forbidden to
work, redress was sought in illegal combinations and secret societies.
the 1840s a million Irish starved and a million more were driven into exile,
basically because of the oppression
of the English aristocracy. They didn't starve because of the potato
blight but because they had no money to buy any of the other food
raised in Ireland, which the landlords continued to export. What the English did in Ireland, they did
again in America. And it was often the
same English Lords who did it. The American Founding Freemasons, circa 1776,
did not remove that injustice. Rather,
they compounded the felony.
taking of the American continent away from its original inhabitants by force
and fraud--by armed robbery and indiscriminate slaughter--is that crime to which America was committed--which it is its crime to maintain
and its ruin to abandon. Slavery was
the second major crime to which the original colonists and founding fathers
committed us. It began in 1620 and
persisted well into the 20th century, long after the end of legal slavery. The present crime to which American society is stubbornly committed and upon which its waning prosperity is founded is the
crime of abortion. The
continuing pursuit of the American Dream
of wealth depends upon putting our children in the trash, just as we once put
the lives of native Americans and African slaves in the trash.
the original American economy a just
economy ? The large estates of George
Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Patrick Henry and James Madison came to their
fathers and grandfathers as gifts from the corrupt legislature of Virginia. It was land from which the Indians had been
driven by military force. It was worked
by slaves. A fellow from the Ayn Rand
Institute quotes Thomas Jefferson re: keeping
the fruit of your own labor. He
neglects to explain how that squares with Jefferson appropriating the labor of
200 slaves as his own income. They
worked that 10,000 acre plantation that his father Peter Jefferson had received
as his share of an 800,000 acre grant to the Loyal Company described as a present that the leaders of the
legislature, with the governor participating, made to themselves. It wasn't different in New England where the
Puritans systematically wiped out the natives in the process of taking their
land. See the Governor Bradford essay.
What was it but armed robbery ?
See The Great Land
Hunt page 41 on in The Roots of Abortion.
those are only the most conspicuous of the gross injustices which have been an
integral part of the American economy.
For every rags to riches story of the immigrants there were 100 others
who found no good fortune in America.
Who were welcomed as cheap labor and then used up and discarded. Some 1300 Chinese laborers were killed in
accidents when the railroad was blasted through the Sierras. Some 2000 laborers, mostly Irish, died
building the right of way across southern Pennsylvania which later became the
thousands of Irishmen, fleeing the famine in Ireland, were conscripted into the
Union and Confederate armies and are numbered among the 740,000 killed in that
war. Many more wound up crippled for
life. Meanwhile, Morgan and Carnegie
bought their way out of the draft and made fortunes from the Civil War. Carnegie paid
$ 850 to get an Irish immigrant to take his place in the war. The prosperity of the capitalists was tied to corrupt government and to war. The uniforms worn by the soldiers came apart
on the battle field because they were made of shoddy--rags mashed into a pulp and reprocessed.
the Civil War, the Congress gave vast tracts of land to the railroad companies
which gave stock to the Congressmen who passed the bills. The army rounded up the Indians to clear the
right of way. One fifth of the territory of the states of Wisconsin, Iowa, Kansas,
North Dakota and Montana and vast stretches of land in Washington, Minnesota,
Nebraska, California and Louisiana were given to railroad promoters and
financiers. [ Capital City 100 ] These
railroad corporations did in effect share
the wealth with the immigrants who homesteaded or who bought cheap land
from the railroads, which were given every alternate section ( 640 acres ) all
the way across the continent.
tracts of western land were given to timber companies. By the time Teddy Roosevelt became President
less than a fourth of the original 800 million acres of American virgin forest
remained. Four-fifths of the timber was
in private hands, and ten per cent of this was owned by the Southern Pacific,
the Northern Pacific, and the Weyerhaeuser Timber Company. It is silly to talk about corporations being
adversarial to government. They have
always been partners--co-conspirators.
capitalism versus competition
capitalism is supposed to be based
upon competition but the big 19th
century capitalists like Andrew Carnegie, John D. Rockefeller and J.P. Morgan
were the enemies of competition. They believed in competition like the mafia believes in competition. Instead they
used the power of capital to
establish monopolies--cartels and trusts
controlled by bankers and led by corporate lawyers.
Street converted an economic system theoretically committed to laissez-faire to
a market dominated by corporate conglomerates.
Absorbing competitors and swallowing up suppliers of raw materials, as
well as producers and distributors, these giant monopolies supplanted the
competitive market to control production, set prices, and cast industrial
policy." ( Capital City xvii
) "Morgan . . . and the other
financial barons . . . transformed
American industry from modest privately held firms into publicly owned
corporate monopolies " ( CC 272 )
the modern agribusiness corporations,
they used the power of their capital to achieve vertical integration--establish a network of suppliers and
distributors. When the elephant is free to roam, your fences and your crops
are at risk. Similarly, the freedom of the great corporation
severely restricts the economic freedom of others. You are free to work for the Coal Company or
join the army.
D. Rockefeller admired the Emperor Napoleon and did his best to imitate him
when he set up Standard Oil in Cleveland.
He did in fact establish an Empire of Oil. His multinational oil conglomerate became the
pattern for the giant cartels which still dominate the world economy. Which have no connection to free enterprise by any sensible
definition of that term. He started off
by bringing together five refineries to
unite our skill and capital . . . in place of the small business that each
separately had heretofore carried on.
( CC 41 )
1932 Herbert Hoover identified capitalism
with Rugged Individualism but
Rockefeller had no time for such silliness.
He said the day of the combination
is here to stay. Individualism has gone,
never to return. ( CC 234 ) He believed in collectivized capitalism,
multi corporation capitalism.
"When the 1873 depression sent oil values into a tailspin, he
pressed forward, annexing desperate competitors. Through methods benign, callous, and even
criminal, he wove his refining empire. We wanted the old struggle to cease. . . . We
wanted these men to pull together . . . to join us, . . . and thus work
together. Rockefeller and Standard
Oil were known for ruthless annexations
. . . how to fix a price so that it stays fixed . . . consolidating control
over prices and markets."
Oil controlled four dozen American companies plus an English subsidiary. It was a corporation
of corporations. It had joint
ventures in Germany, Holland, Italy, and Denmark. It had a huge export business to Latin
America and the Far East. It owned 4000 miles of pipe lines, a railroad
tank car fleet, and a small navy of transoceanic tankers. By 1881 the Standard Oil cartel had 40
affiliates and controlled almost 90 per cent of the nation's oil-refining capacity.
" ( CC 228 ) A similar
consolidation of the railroads was carried out by J.P. Morgan who went on to
buy out Andrew Carnegie and establish U.S. Steel. The doctrine proclaimed by corporate lawyer
and presidential candidate Samuel J
Tilden was that labor unions violate free enterprise but corporate combinations
were somehow natural. Supposedly, legislation for farmer or labor
interests was class legislation while
legislation for manufacturing, banking, railroad, and shipping interests served
the national interest. Bailing out the
big banks is good for all of us, isn't it ?
I am still waiting for the trickle
Teddy Roosevelt made a belated and half-hearted and not very successful effort
to break up these trusts. Which
eventually included a sugar trust and a cigarette trust as well as cartels or
trusts in most major commodities. J.P.
Morgan used the power of capital to morganize
the railroads. Then bought out Carnegie
Steel and established U.S. Steel with corporate lawyer Elbert H. Gary at the
head of it. ( After whom Gary Indiana is named. ) Domination by bankers and corporate lawyers
has been characteristic of American capitalism ever since. First to last they relied upon the law--upon
their ability to manipulate the law.
Morgan was a regular visitor in Washington and rewarded those who
co-operated with him. Just like they do
now. The government relied upon him to
sell its bonds in England and France.
Morgan even bankrolled the U.S. Army in one episode. He would have winked at the rhetoric about
business being independent of the government.
The real question, the one raised by Adam Smith, is whether government
can ever be independent of business--the Merchants
and Manufacturers and bankers and corporate lawyers etc. The answer is no. It isn't going to
happen. They have too much money. And Congressmen are always in need of
was a time when the king had to raise taxes to launch a war and / or to pay for
an unsuccessful war. That is what forced
Louis XVI to summon the estates general. But then they refused to dis-assemble and the
king lost his head in the ensuing revolution.
Other governments learned from that and it led to the establishment of
national banks which could loan the government the money it needed to carry on
the war. Instead of having to pay
heavier taxes to finance the war, the wealthy could make money on the money
they had in the bank, and the king could put up the whole country for
collateral. There has always been an
intimate tie between the Government and the Bank. The early resistance in America to the
establishment of a National Bank now seems quaint.
is a remarkable book by Augustus Myers [ aka Gustavus Myers ] which documents How the Great American Fortunes Were Made
[ aka History of the Great American
Fortunes. ] No doubt it took nerve and skill to survive
in the New York City financial jungle, but the only bears they fought were bear
markets on Wall Street. It was a cut
throat competition. Seven of 100 traders
survived and the rest went under. cf. Survival of the Fittest. Which tended to be survival
of the meanest. As witness how
Carnegie dealt with his ex partners.
People admire power. They worship it. The crimes of Alexander and Caesar and
Napoleon are brushed aside by their votaries.
So it is not surprising that the titans of industry enjoy the same
Public Works, Private Profit
complained of paying his steel workers $ 2 a day and tried to reduce it to 60c
a day. Contra the supposition that these
capitalists operated independently of the government, the steel industry was
built by public works contracts which produced private profit. Steel for the railroads, steel for the
Brooklyn Bridge. Steel for war. Carnegie was some sort of pacifist who opposed the Spanish-American
war. So, to satisfy his conscience, he
charged the government a 200 percent profit on the steel he supplied for that
Steel and its stock holders made a very large fortune out of World War I,
producing battle ships and barbed wire and benzol,
a by product of coke manufacture, which is made into explosives and poison gas.
The anti trust suit against U.S. Steel was dropped after the U.S. got
into the war in April 1917.
steel industry was built by American wars and declined after the big wars came
to an end. It pined away without the big
government contracts. The extreme wages
of the steel workers after World War II came from the extreme profits of a steel
industry which depended upon government and which depended upon war. The Roosevelt Administration in effect
dictated the recognition of the Steelworkers Union by the Steel companies who
were compensated with government military contracts from which they made large
profits in return for their patriotism. The downside was the inevitable disappearance
of the American steel industry once American wars became smaller and less
frequent. When they had to compete with
foreign made steel there was no way they could do it.
Gould testified before Congress in 1883 that A corporation is only another name for the means which we have
discovered of allowing a poor man to invest his income in a great enterprise. At that time he was bringing in Chinese
laborers who brought wages down from $ 52 to $ 27 a month. Meanwhile Union Pacific stock had risen to $
78 a share. How long would it take this
Chinese coolie to save enough to buy a share of UP stock ? cf. if I didn't eat, I'd have money to burn ! He'd get one of those track side graves
wealth without work
the American Dream proclaimed by Jay
Gould and others--we can all get rich
without work by investing !--has become the prevailing false faith of all
the people. Just before the 1929 crash,
every shoeshine boy and waitress was buying stocks. The runaway speculation of the American
housing market which led to the 2009 crash was driven by a similar fever. Everybody and his brother flipping real estate while the price of
a house doubled and tripled for those that actually needed a house to live
in. Who were allowed to sign mortgages
they could not afford to facilitate the production of bundled mortgage securities sold to European banks.
Gould didn't invent leverage but he
gave a conspicuous example of it when he was manipulating the gold market. If you have $ 10,000 in the bank, how much
can you invest in this or that ? If you
are Jay Gould or some other financial industry sharpie you can invest as much
as 30 times $ 10,000 while using it for collateral. He had $ 300,000 deposited in the Tenth
National Bank in which he had a controlling interest. But got the bank to issue him $ 8 million in
certified checks which he used to buy gold.
He would drive up the price, then dump his gold to make a profit and
drive the price down again. Then buy
back in at the lower price. His one fear
was that President Grant would allow the Treasury to release some of the gold
reserves and take the air out of the inflated gold market. To head that off, he set up a gold investment
for the President's brother in law and made expensive gifts to the Grants.
making money off money
the banker J.P. Morgan put together U.S. Steel, he bought the Mesabi iron ore
range from John D. Rockefeller. How does
one man get hold of a 120 mile mountain range ?
File a mining and homestead claim ?
He did though. Needless to say,
neither Morgan nor Rockefeller nor Carnegie did any of the prospecting for iron
ore in northern Minnesota, especially in mid winter. The rugged characters who did were paid
something for their claims. A fraction
of what the arm chair investors of
Paris and London made from buying stock in U.S. Steel. They did no prospecting either. That defines capitalism properly so called:
making money off money. Your money works for you, it is said. That formula camouflages the fact that you
are making money from someone else's labor.
Which is how Jesus defines usury: reaping
where you did not sow.
in life, Carnegie became a great philanthropist. Morgan, Carnegie, and Rockefeller ushered in
an era of philanthropy on a monumental scale.
But most of the capitalists took their money with them if they
could. Vanderbilt gave the city of New
York a nice bronze frieze commemorating the achievements of Cornelius
Vanderbilt. And charity is no substitute
for justice. Is it admirable to endow a
museum with the profits made by keeping families poor ? When the kids grow up--if they do--they can
visit the museum. The establishment of
libraries by Andrew Carnegie was laudable, regardless of how he got all that
surplus money. Our modern billionaire
philanthropists endow Planned Parenthood because they are enthusiastic about
its dedication to getting rid of lower class humanity by contraception and
abortion. They believe in raising
buffalo in spacious surroundings rather than encouraging the proliferation of
lower class people on those garbage dumps that are already over crowded. Where else can they live ? There is no room for them on the buffalo ranch.
doubt Capital benefits some. So does
war. Fortunes are made, millions find
jobs. World War II ended the Great
Depression. The side effect of World War
II was 60 million killed. But World War
II and its aftermath boomed the American economy for a generation. Which illustrates the fact that the
foundation of the American economy is militarism. Which is the most ancient form of socialism,
if by that we mean the government owning and controlling everything. The Federal Government spent 5 times as much
money on World War II as it spent on the socialist
handing out of the 2.25 billion acres of the U.S. main land by the national
government which was established in 1787 is what made America the Land of
Opportunity. That land was acquired by
the army--who else ? But now that the
land has all been taken, where can we look for opportunity ? America has become the land of steadily
shrinking opportunity. Of lost jobs and
creating welfare dependents
Christian Society has to be built upon a just
economy. A master who is kind to his
slaves is still guilty of the injustice of keeping them as slaves. Government welfare programs do not cancel the
injustice of people being denied the opportunity to make a living. Giving the Indians a reservation and a ration
of cattle does not atone for depriving them of the range where they lived and
hunted the buffalo. They were
deliberately made to be dependent upon the government by systematically
destroying their way of life and forcing them onto reservations. The extermination of 75 million buffalo from
the Great Plains was a deliberate policy of the U.S. Government and the Army to
force the Plains Indians onto reservations.
It opened the way for the railroads and the white settlers. It came at the expense of the original
inhabitants. Who have remained
government dependents ever since.
have a large population of welfare dependent American Negroes because of the
long history of slavery and racial segregation which made them dependent. They make up a disproportionate share of the
slum population and the prison population for the same reasons. Virginia passed laws making it a crime to
educate slaves. Under Jim Crow laws they were denied the
opportunities which made America the Land
of Opportunity for others. Several
centuries of slavery and racial discrimination have created the situation we
have. Which is not going to disappear
course they are dependent upon the federal government. cf. In the black part of town, the federal
government is God. Many of them
would not have survived without the welfare measures of the New Deal. The federal government was the first to
extend job opportunities to American Negroes.
When World War II began, FDR
decreed that they should be hired in war plants even while racial segregation
continued. President Truman finally
desegregated the army during the Korean War.
The military has provided opportunities they could not find
military creates dependency. It is silly
to pretend that you oppose big government while you support a big
military. As if there was no connection
between the two. A basic fact about the
American economy is that The Great Depression was only ended by American entry
into World War II. Those who didn't join
the military went to work in war factories.
After the war, Veterans' programs like housing and college loans readily
morphed into similar programs for non veterans.
Now the army has taken the place of the old welfare system. Single
moms sign up for the army to get health care for their kids.
it isn't just big government that robs people of the chance to be
independent. Big corporations do the
same thing. The Company Town is just as
incompatible with individual free enterprise and personal freedom as the
army. St. Peter, don't you call me, cause I can't go, I owe my soul to the
capitalism versus free enterprise
is often the nemesis of free enterprise.
Agribusiness gobbles up small farms much like empires gobble up little
countries. Archer, Daniels and Midland own the farms and their stockholders
live in Manhattan and other places where they never get mud on their boots or
hear a rooster crow. The power of
Capital concentrated in Investment Funds is a financial tidal wave that carries
away anything and anyone in its path.
These investment funds and mutual funds and hedge funds collect the
capital from all over--sovereign wealth
funds from China and Russia and the oil sheikdoms of the Middle East; public
school teachers retirement funds; college endowments. Not to mention the funds from drug cartels
and corrupt African ruling parties which get laundered that way. All of
them are committed to making money off their money any way the hedge fund
managers can do it.
Capital devours individually owned businesses.
How many free enterprises have
been put out of business by Wal Mart ?
Independent hardware stores cannot match the prices of Lowes and Home
Depot. Individually owned restaurants
are displaced by restaurant chains created by investor capital. These stock holders never wash a dish. They don't work for a living, they own
for a living. Giant grocery store chains
put little grocery stores out of business.
Now the profit goes to the
investors, the owners of stock, not to the people who work there.
I was growing up, there was a variety of small stores in the neighborhood. Individually owned stores which reflected the
character of the proprietor. Now I have
a choice of that 7-11 store or the other 7-11 store or the new 7-11 store. There used to be a variety of coffee
shops. Now there are endless Starbucks. In the Curtis Park area of old Denver there
are blocks where every old house is different, each one designed and built by
the original owner. In the later
developments all the houses are built on two or three plans by big developers
who make deals with local governments.
army takes a million individual men and then does everything it can to erase
individuality. They emerge from the
induction process with the same haircut and the same uniform and marching in
lockstep. And that is what the power of
collectivized capital does to individual enterprise. That is how we become dependent upon the
corporations or dependent upon the government.
Those are the two choices:
capitalism or socialism. How can
we escape from that dependence ? By
rhetorical declarations on behalf of free
enterprise ? You have to fight for freedom. More often, you have to work hard to achieve
it. And lose the illusions in which
phony Christians are trapped. If you have given up on finding your place in
the government bureaucracy or the corporate bureaucracy, that is the
investing versus speculating
so called investing is speculating--gambling and rigged
gambling. A lot of it is short-selling--betting against
something. It has nothing in common with
investing if that means putting money
into productive enterprises. Warren
Buffett made a lot of money betting on the Brazilian currency. George Soros made a lot of money betting against the Thai currency and the
British pound. And did what he could to
manipulate the market. That is what
commodity and oil traders do--drive the price up and then cash in. Like Jay Gould manipulating the gold
market. Most of the international banks
got sucked into buying bundled mortgage
securities and credit default swaps--financial instruments tied to the
American housing market. Then the whole
house of cards collapsed circa 2008. The
banks lost money, but, before that happened, they did serious damage to the
American housing market, and especially to people who need homes, by greatly
inflating the price of houses. You can
live without gold but you can't live without a home. The inflated and manipulated price of oil
takes gas money from all of us to enrich the speculators.
similar thing happened a few years earlier with internet stocks which boomed and then busted in a wave of
speculation. Before that, it was the
Savings and Loan industry that went belly up.
George Bailey's Savings and
Loan in Beford Falls invested money
in homes and businesses. But the Savings
and Loan companies which went bankrupt in the 1980s were recklessly speculating
far from home. Then the taxpayers had to
bail them out.
Day Trading has now been replaced by High Speed Trading: computers programmed to buy and sell in less
than a second to capture a profit. This
is investing ? Investing, properly so called, is when you
put your money and your work into a farm or a business. Or give someone else a loan at a moderate
rate of interest to do it. What has
replaced it in the modern financial market isn't even honest gambling. It is rigged gambling. Betting against a horse and then bribing the
jockey to dope the horse.
is now called Capitalism is often
more destructive than constructive--a form of legalized looting. Instead of putting money into businesses,
they squeeze it out of them. Run up
debts and then declare bankruptcy. Take
the profit out and leave the debts
and liabilities behind. They take the
stock holders snipe hunting and leave
them holding an empty bag. Venture Capitalism has been largely
displaced by Vulture Capitalism and Vampire Capitalism.
Faith in Capitalism
many Americans, their faith in the American empire is joined to a faith in something
called Capitalism. Which supposedly means free enterprise system and free
market economy etc. Capitalism is the answer to all our
economic woes. Or it would be if it had
not ceased to exist after Franklin Roosevelt launched the New Deal. But maybe letting the rich keep their tax break
will revive it again. On October 16th
2012, in the second debate, President Barack Obama said: the
free enterprise system is the greatest engine of prosperity that the world has
ever known. See ! And you thought he was a socialist !
or something like it has now appeared in China and Russia after they halfway
abandoned Communism. One of the
questions raised by this is how you can have free enterprise in a place which has very little freedom of any kind. Can you use the word free in the same sentence with China
or Russia or Saudi Arabia ? But it seems
like Capitalism is quite compatible
with repressive government. The late
Milton Friedman, the modern apostle of free
enterprise, took a team to Chile where he persuaded the dictator Auguste
Pinochet to substitute free enterprise
and / or Capitalism for the broken
down Socialist economy of the
government he overthrew. And they all
lived happily ever after. Or at least
the economy improved. So somehow free enterprise can flourish even when
it is decreed by a dictator. Even though
Pinochet continued to torture prisoners in the back room ( cf. Operation Condor ) like they do in China, there was a measure of
economic freedom. They made money. Which is of course the main thing.
Andrew Carnegie and Herbert Spencer
Carnegie became a convert to an updated
version of the Capitalist Faith promoted by the English philosopher
Herbert Spencer. Spencer had published a
theory of Evolution before Darwin did
but then he amalgamated Darwin's scientific
findings into his own theory to arrive at a doctrine of Survival of the Fittest in
the human economy which is now called Social
Carnegie's first encounter with Spencer left him overwhelmed: Light
came as in a flood and all was clear.
Spencer was grandly received upon his visit to New York in the 1873 panic year . . . Businessmen, who had
paid little attention to formal philosophy before, lionized the English social
theorist, devouring his books, which popularized the notion of survival of the fittest. What some have labeled his magnificent exegesis transformed
Darwin's biological hypothesis into a social imperative, declaring that in
social (and especially economic) life as in biology, survival was a competition
in which the strong succeeded (opened corporations and grew rich), and natural
(social) processes eliminated the unfit (the hapless poor). In the same unmediated way that natural selection
drove the evolution of the species, free competition balanced the economy,
maximized its productivity, and propelled economic progress. It was as perilous and futile to tamper with
the workings of the market as it was to try to turn back biological
evolution. Endowing cupidity with high moral
purpose, Spencer's social Darwinism
provided Carnegie and much of Wall Street with a rationale for laissez-faire
and unbounded profit lust." ( Capital City 172)
The Laissez-faire theory was developed in the 19th
century by John Stuart Mill and David Ricardo, a stock broker whose writings
became popular when he reversed Adam Smith's doctrine contra the Merchants and Manufacturers. His positive attitude towards businessmen was
usually included in later writings.
Herbert Spencer's extreme and unrealistic anti government doctrine is still a basic part of Capitalist ideology, part of the fiction
about corporations making it on their own.
They make it on their own with the help of the Congressmen they bribe
and the public lands they are given.
Aside from their land grants, oil leases, subsidies and bail outs, they
wish to be free from any government regulation.
Like Smith, Spencer was
unable to recognize that the foundation of the British Empire was militarism--the success of the army and
the navy. All of the land of England
became the property of King William after the Normans defeated the Saxons in
1066. The king claimed the lands of
England as his own by right of conquest and leased it to his barons and knights
in return for military service. William
divided the land into 60,000 military allotments to be held under tenure of knight's
service of 40 days a year. Later, taxes replaced the obligation of
military service. William was the
legal owner of the deer in the forest
and the fish in the sea. If you wanted
to catch fish, you needed a license from the King. The basic structure of the economy of England
copied the structure of the army. It is
properly called militarism. If you want to escape from socialism you first have to escape from militarism, because it is basically the
same thing: the government owns
everything and controls everyone. The
basic reason the Communists found it
easy to establish a totalitarian state was that Czarist Russia was already a
totally militarized state and also a failed state whose corrupt and inept
military structure had all but collapsed by the end of World War I. See Alan Moorehead The Russian Revolution and Edward Crankshaw The Shadow of the Winter Palace.
They didn't even know how many Russian peasant soldiers had been
killed--was it 5 million or 8 million ?
British Empire at its zenith in the 18th and 19th century, an empire upon which
the sun never set, provided enormous
opportunities for the better off class of England, so long as the British army
and the British navy were successful-- Rule Britannia, Britannia rule the waves ! Just furnishing the fleet was good
business. And it wasn't different in
America where the new U.S. government circa 1787 replaced the colonial
legislatures in giving away the continent after the army secured it. [ see Christian
Economy versus Capitalism and versus Socialism aka Adam Smith in the Dock ]
18th and 19th century philosophers promulgated the untenable dogmas which still
circulate such as the primitive social
contract and the sovereignty of the
people. Did you sign a social contract ? For some reason I was not invited to the
meeting. In the economic sphere they
promulgated the doctrines of the natural rights of buying and selling, and the
sufficiency of enlightened selfishness.
In theory, they consecrated the spirit of individualism, and the state
of non-government. In practice, they
justified that unlimited property right
which the giant corporations exemplify just like the Dukes of Adam Smith's
Adam Smith, Herbert Spencer was a camouflaged anti Christian who believed in monism
or Pantheism--the Harmonious Natural Universe of the Stoics. That is the basis of the false faith in the Natural economy of human society. An economy which does not require any moral
principles so long as it is left natural
question as to whether the economy needs morality
is different from the question as to whether it needs legality--whether we should rely upon the government to establish a
just economy by its endless laws. It is
similar to the question as to whether we can look to the government to out law
abortion versus trying to establish social morality independently of the police
power. Which once neglected to enforce
the laws against abortion and which now protects abortion. Government is good at pretending to do
things. And people are easily fooled by
that pretence because they wish to be fooled.
It gives them their excuse for ducking the fight via vote and pray.
Ayn Rand and Atlas
peculiar modern variant of the faith in Capitalism
has been promoted by Atlas Shrugged,
a 1957 novel by Ayn Rand that romanticizes and idealizes Capitalism. The novel
presents a handful of Capitalist heroes who go on strike--who abandon their
essential role in creating a prosperous economy after they become disgusted
with the Welfare State voted in by the dependent masses. So they move to a Capitalist Shangri La hidden away in a valley of
the Rocky Mountains, leaving those foolish masses to perish. It is an end
times scenario which offers no hope to all the moist-mouthed weaklings who vote themselves benefits at the expense
of the heroic few who create the wealth.
There is also one heroine modeled on Ayn Rand herself. She was an atheist as well as a believer in
Capitalism. She also believed in free
love, abortion and cigarettes.
was a childless woman, either because she did not want children, or because she
was not able to have a child. She may
have been sterile because of abortions.
Which were common in post revolution Leningrad, where she was a student,
and in the Hollywood of the 1920s where she was a screenwriter. That would explain the peculiar and extreme
pro selfishness dogma in her novel
contra refusing to sacrifice yourself
or your career for dependent moist-mouthed
weaklings--a phrase that keeps recurring in the novel.
began making notes for Atlas Shrugged
a month before her 40th birthday. And
went into a prolonged post partum
depression after finishing it. Judging
from the novel and her later behavior, she was mad at the world. Post abortion stress disorder would help
explain the hostility to humanity which drives the plot and creates an ideology
in which everyone is despicable except for a handful of heroes. The novel is nominally pro business but
nearly all of the businessmen in it are as despicable as everyone else. Like the radical feminists, she defined
female freedom as an absolute and unlimited right which
requires abortion. Put your baby in the
trash and be free ! Cf. freedom's
just another word for nothin left to lose.
She also acquired a severe case of lung cancer from smoking. The title of Milton Friedman's Free to Choose video plays off the Freedom of Choice slogan used to justify
reality, the economy depends far more upon the chicken and egg farmers, the
dairy farmers, the butchers and bakers etc. than it does upon these government
subsidized builders of railroads and steel mills. Upon which the industrial might of America
depends--its capacity to wage war on the other side of the world. Without it, the Empire may Crumble, but, so
long as the chicken farmer still shows up in the morning, we can still eat.
reason Ayn Rand and her novel have to be noticed is that she has influenced
many of those who have promoted the faith in Capitalism in the last 50
years. Alan Greenspan, the former long
time chairman of the Federal Reserve, is a disciple of Ayn Rand. Milton Friedman was a fan. And Ronald Reagan, George Bush junior, Rush
Limbaugh and Mike Rosen et al, have been greatly influenced by her and / or by
Milton Friedman. Her attempt to promote
a Very Peculiar Faith in Capitalism has had a substantial success. Paul Ryan, the Republican candidate for vice
president, admits that Ayn Rand's novel was a major influence on his economic
convictions. Meanwhile, neither he nor
Joe Biden had anything to say about Catholic
Social Teaching in their debate on how to fix the economy.
Greenspan visited Kirkcaldy Scotland, Adam Smith's birth place, on February 6th
2005 and spoke there in praise of Smith's
demonstration of the inherent
stability and growth of what we now term free-market capitalism. . . . One
could hardly imagine that today's awesome array of international transactions
would produce the relative economic stability that we experience daily if they
were not led by some international version of Smith's invisible hand. It was three years later that the
international economy fell into the excavation in which we now find
ourselves. It may be relatively stable at the level of the
bankers who have easy access to the Federal Reserve but half the young people
of Italy and Spain can find no jobs and it is almost as bad here. Thousands of people are being evicted from
their homes here and there. The whole of
Africa languishes in poverty and misery because of the gross corruption of the
governing class which is facilitated by the international financial system. It is the same story in most of Asia and
South America. A large part of the
population of the Philippines, America's former colony, depend upon the garbage
dump for their livelihood.
successor at the Federal Reserve is desperately trying to do
something--anything--to revive the economy.
Mr. Bernanke's latest move is to pledge that the Reserve will buy
another $ 40 billion worth of mortgage
backed securities every month indefinitely until the employment rate goes
down--it is up to 85 billion a month now. Thank god it is still short of 100 billion a month. That would be a lot of money ! Give the banks even more money to pile on top
of the money they already have. And,
hopefully, they will do something with it.
Loan it to those who will launch free
enterprises which will hire American workers. Unless they buy machines instead, lay off
workers, and start up factories some where in Asia. Where is he getting this money ? In effect, the Federal Reserve has issued
itself a no limit credit card. They
didn't even go to the trouble to print the money. Well, it would use up a lot of expensive
paper. Plastic is much cheaper and just
as good. Isn't plastic as good as gold
? That seems to be the modern
Adam Smith's original
faith in a System of Natural Liberty
in respect to the economy had a backstairs connection to a faith in a System of Natural Liberty in respect to
sexuality. Most of the 18th century
intellectuals were closet anti Christians who had to outwardly conform to the
Christian establishment before it was undermined and overthrown by the American
Revolution and the French Revolution.
Many of them were disguised atheists or Deists or pantheists. And their
to the Christian Church was often rooted in sexual rebellion. The English public school system which took
boys away from their mothers and sisters and put them in all male boarding
schools at a very young age was almost scientifically designed to produce
sexual and emotional stunting and to promote homosexuality.
lot of people pick up on atheism
because it provides an intellectually respectable position which is much easier
to discuss than their reasons for being unable or unwilling to conform to the
strict standard of sexual morality which has always been part of the Christian
religion. That tends to be a much more
sexual rebellion component of natural
and free came out in the open during the French
Revolution. The faith in free love was part of the secret
ideology of the 18th century Freemasons.
And it turns up again in the Communist movement of the 19th century and
in the Socialist movement--aside from the Christian socialists--and in the
feminist movement. It relies upon
arguments which are basically similar to those used on behalf of a free economy: we don't need regulators or chaperones; you can Trust
Nature. The insistence upon free love as an absolute right which
includes the right to abortion shows up in the philosophy of Ayn Rand and in
the Women's Liberation Movement of the 1960s.
Which is still around in various guises.
Ayn Rand's private life--which has long since become public--is a good
illustration of the basic fallacy of free
love--that no harm comes from it.
(see The Ayn Rand Cult Jeff Walker )
primary fallacy of the faith in Capitalism is the silly assumption that there
is a natural system in the human economy which does not require
moral self-discipline and spiritual faith in the individuals who belong to that
economy. All they have to do is act naturally--pursue their self
interest--while nature does the rest.
There is a further assumption that this system can be fixed when it breaks down, as it did during the Great
Depression of the 1930s--or that it will naturally
fix itself. Then there is an endless
argument as to how to fix it, whether by the government pumping money into the
economy or by lowering taxes to unleash private enterprise--turn the
time, it was World War II that finally fixed the broken down economy. So is World War III now our best hope ? Let us hope not. And try to find a better hope.
The Land of Shrinking Opportunities
made America the land of opportunity was the dropping of barriers to
immigrants and the Homestead Act which allowed them to come here and claim 160
acres of the American prairie. What an
extraordinary time ! Not only was a poor
immigrant free to move to America, he could claim a country estate once he got
here ! A 19th century ballad celebrated
Sam is rich enough to give us all a farm !
course it happened because the transcontinental railroads wanted settlers. But all the same it happened. Now there is a high fence to keep the
immigrants out and the farm land belongs to the corporations and the
land was given to anyone willing to try and live out there and make a go of
it. Millions of poor people came here to
pursue a bright future in a new land.
The American definition of freedom
and opportunity was forged by this
great land giveaway, this great opportunity to escape from the stratified
societies of Europe in which those born poor had little chance to avoid dying
seemed like a recipe for paradise. But
the homesteader who found himself to be the proud owner of 160 acres of North
Dakota prairie--the squatter in residence anyway--soon discovered that the
reality of being a land owner in America was substantially Different from the
1860 and 1910 the number of farms in the United States increased from 2 million
to 6 million. Many of these new farmers
were homesteaders, immigrants from Europe.
The acreage under cultivation increased from 400 million to 900 million
acres. The production of wheat rose from 173 to 635 million
when farmers began to raise grain for distant markets they put themselves at
the mercy of powerful and predatory forces.
Producing for the world market made the farmer dependent upon the
railroads and the commodities traders.
Most of what he got for his grain went for freight charges. The boom times created by World War I pushed
farmers to mortgage their farms and expand production. But many of them went bankrupt when the price
of wheat fell. They lost the farm or went
from being owners to being tenants.
bubble of Civil War prosperity burst in 1868 as did that of the World War in
1920. Farm income fell by half in the
1920s and farmers were already hurting before the Great Depression hit the rest
of the country. The reason the
prosperity continued for a while after World War II is that Europe and Asia
were so devastated. While they were
recovering, American farming and manufacturing had a big market with little
competition. But times have changed.
World War I, they had to compete with the great expansion of farming in Canada
as well as Argentina, Brazil, Australia and even Russia. And most of this farming was investor driven
instead of being the old fashioned kind of farming in which the farmer mainly
raised food for his own family or the nearby town. While most American industry was still
protected by a tariff wall, the farmer who competed in the world market had no
Disappearance of Independent Farmers
struggles of these pioneers is described by Rolvaag Giants in the Earth Mari
Sandoz Old Jules and Hamlin Garland A Son of the Middle Border. In which Garland describes the experience of
his homesteading family in the songs they sang--
When we've wood and
Won by our toil,
We'll reign like kings in fairy land
Lords of the soil
after the railroads, banks, commodities brokers and mortgage companies got hold
of them, they went from being independent farmers to being tenants, and they
There's a dear old
homestead on Nebraska's fertile plain
There I toiled my manhood's strength away:
All that labor now is lost to me, but it is Shylock's gain
For that dear old home he claims today.
1880 three fourths of the farmers owned their own farms. That dropped to two thirds by 1900. By 1930 only half were owners and the other
half were tenants. In Nebraska the
percentage of tenant farmers increased from 18 to 47 percent in the period from
1880 to 1930. It was similar to what
happened in other states. Tenant
farmers--sharecroppers--became the norm in much of the rural South. Long before the Capitalism label came into use, the system whereby the owner of the land reaps where he did not sow was common. The tenant works to earn his share. The owner earns his by owning. Adam Smith believed it to be the natural
order of things when the Dukes owned the land and leased it to the Farmers who
employed the laborers. The Duke received
most of the income while the laborer did all the work. It wasn't long before this order was established in America with
the bank or the Corporation taking the place of the Duke.
depression in American agriculture in the 1920s pushed farm people into the
cities. Where they were caught by the
depression of the 1930s. During the
Great Depression, many tried to escape from the bread lines and the high rents
in the city and go back to the farm.
Organizations like the Catholic Worker launched a back to the land movement which encouraged people to establish communities in rural areas. The National Catholic Rural Life Conference
sponsored a back-to-the-farm movement which gave people 10 acres on easy
terms. It was subsistence farming, not
market farming, but it gave people a place to live and the chance to raise a
lot of what they ate.
War II put an end to most of these experiments.
The men wound up in the military and the women wound up working in the
war factories. 10 acres appealed to
people standing in soup lines in the city.
But scratching a living out of a subsistence homestead lost its appeal
when the war time economy started booming.
They lacked the morality which would have encouraged them to refuse
military service and to reject the pursuit of the high wages offered by the
tank factories. They lacked the
theological perspective whereby they might have remained faithful to a Christian
community. The Whole State theology of
the Worldly Church teaches us to accept the nation as the central focus of
society. And there is no understanding
that Christians have to avoid the temptations of boom times and the appetite
for luxurious living.
Hebrews who escaped from slavery in Egypt were not all that happy with their
new freedom in the desert and especially they were not satisfied with manna
from heaven. They sighed for the flesh pots of Egypt.
It is hard for people to accept a simple life unless they have been
taught to believe in it. They can't be
content with a home and a livelihood which would be the envy of much of the
world. A dream of wealth pushed them to
gamble away what they had. The kids want
to go to town and buy candy. Ma wants to
go shopping. The old man wants to visit the tavern.
Three generations from shirt sleeves to
shirt sleeves describes
the pattern whereby grandpa's success encouraged his son to buy a new Ford and
a house in town while raising grain for a market boomed by the war. When boom led to bust, the grandson wound up
back on the farm with a mortgage to pay off.
is something similar in the way that so many homes have been lost because
people used them to raise money via equity
loans and then got stuck with mortgage payments they could not afford. Instead of putting the priority upon securing
a home, and recognizing that the runaway inflation was being driven by
speculators, they used its inflated value to cash in. Then they got cashed in.
can never be content with enough unless they have a solid spiritual foundation
which insulates them from these restless material aspirations. Leaving the spiritual life unexplored and
neglected pushes us into that endless trip into the wonderful world of material
have to resist the urge to keep up with
the Joneses and the mandate to stay
abreast of the latest technology.
Technology is a wonderful servant but a terrible master. Do you control it ? Or does it control you ? Does it make our work easier ? Or put us out of work ? For millions of people, new technology
controlled by the corporations for the benefit of the stockholders has meant
the end of their employment. The process
was controlled by the people with the money, not the people who were doing the
is something to be said for efficiency
which makes things cheaper. But, more
often than not, the main effect is to make the rich even richer.
25 families . . . one family
story in the paper describes how one family farms 8900 acres which used to be
home to 25 families. The population of
the nearby town is half what it was 40 years ago. Is this more efficient ? Of course it is
more efficient in producing those grain surpluses which governments have to
keep off the market to keep the price up.
But it is 1/25th as efficient at providing a place to live and a
livelihood for families. Who now must
live in the city and compete for jobs with the government or jobs with the downsizing corporations.
major cause and symptom of the collapse of the old Roman Empire was the ruin of
agriculture and the forcing of country people into the large cities where they
became dependent upon government welfare--upon bread and circuses. The concentration
of a pauper population in the towns, was accompanied by the denudation and desolation of the country districts.
farmer began by using machinery which displaced the farm laborer. He ended by being displaced himself. The horse was replaced by the tractor. The tractor has been replaced by a giant
combine that can harvest 1000 acres in a day.
Meanwhile, the farmer and his family have been replaced by a giant
corporation. It is owned by distant
stockholders who never did a day's work on a farm. The sovereign
wealth funds of Russia and China and Saudi Arabia are invested in American
agriculture via stock in these agribusiness corporations. A major goal of the Bolshevik revolution was
to entirely displace small farmers with giant farm factories. Which is what is being done here in America
by the runaway power of money. All the
people who once lived and worked on those farms are gone, pushed out to crowd
into gigantic cities.
so long ago, horses still shared our labors and our lives on those farms and
ranches where our grandparents lived.
They were friends. Now we spend
our lives estranged from horses and living in exile from those quiet country
places which were not paradise but a lot better than these giant cities with
bad air where you line up for government welfare benefits or join the fierce
competition for a dwindling number of job opportunities.
small towns of America are deserted and dying.
The old ranch society is gone and the
community dance hall is boarded up.
Governor Bradford lamented the disappearance of the original Plymouth
community. It has happened again and for
the same basic reasons. [ See the
Governor Bradford essay ] Because we are
easily seduced by the lure of big wages in boom times, in war times, we leave
behind something that money can't buy.
When we don't really believe in a life beyond this one, we are
determined to make the best of this one.
Which means lots of money and lots of things--an endless shopping
the world, corrupt economic forces relentlessly push people out of the country
and into enormous cities clogged by traffic and plagued by every kind of crime.
Much of what made the old cities good places to live has been destroyed
by the tidal wave of money belonging to speculators and profiteers. Mideast oil billionaires and Russian and
Chinese Communist Capitalists speculate in American real estate.
speculators fleeing the stock market drive up the price of farm land far beyond
what it is worth as crop producing land, just as they drove up the price of
houses far beyond what they were worth as homes where people could live. There are a dozen middle men who somehow insert themselves into the exchange between
someone selling a home and someone trying to buy one.
The suitcase farmers who cared about money
and who did not care about the land had a major role in ruining the land and
turning the great American prairie into the dust
bowl of the 1930s. Speculators and
money farmers destroyed farm land.
Absentee owners neglected the land and tenants had not the means or the
motive to take care of it. By the 1930s
a large part of American farm land had been eroded to where it could produce
little or nothing. If your farm is your
permanent home, you care about it and take care of it. But if the enterprise is driven by the need
to Make Money and Move On the land
turned a great blessing into a curse because of loving money more than they
loved the land. There was a large class
of men who had no interest in a farm home where they could raise a family. They had no spiritual center except
money. Speculators who did not know the
difference between summer and winter wheat drove up the price of farm land
while other speculators drove down the price of wheat. Even if you were a very good farmer, your
crop was devoured by that vast tribe of middle men who are a worse plague than
The Jefferson model
Jefferson had a vision of America as a nation of independent farmers. Meanwhile, his family lived on a 10,000 acre
estate worked by 200 slaves. If the
Jefferson model had prevailed and spread over the 2.25 billion acres of the
American mainland, America would now have 225,000 white families living on
estates worked by 45 million negro slaves.
The Jefferson model did not prevail but the spirit of get all you can, any way you can get it did prevail.
the great estates of the founding fathers, a lot of farming gets pushed into
raising cash crops like tobacco and
cotton for a distant market. The model
of a small farm which raised food to feed the family that lived there had to
compete with the inflated price of farm land pegged at the price of what it
could produce by way of a cash crop. Now
speculators fleeing a collapsed stock market or a devastated real estate market
push the price of farm land far beyond it's value even as a production unit of
the world market.
have to have strict principles to protect themselves from those with no
spiritual values who are animated by the love of money. Paul tells us to have no communion with such
people don't eat with extortioners.
That advice is still relevant.
But that love of money tends to get into all of us, unless we are
vigilant to keep it out.
makes sense for people to try and move back to farms and ranches and back to
small towns, despite the difficulty. A
good house in a small town in Kansas or Wyoming sells for a tenth of what that
same house would sell for in a big city.
Of course the challenge is how to make a living in such places. Farming which depends upon national and
international markets puts you in competition with Archer, Daniels and Midland. But most of the existing communal groups have
found other things they can produce and sell to make ends meet. The old Shakers produced quality
craftsmanship which is still cherished.
communal groups like the Amish and the Hutterites have persisted because they
did believe in keeping apart from the
world. They might be criticized for
withdrawing too much from the world,
for not challenging the evil of the world, for making an implicit deal with the
world: we'll leave you alone if you leave us alone. The Amish are more of a tourist attraction
than a serious challenge to the evil of the world around them. But they are at least a kind of museum of
Christian Community and they illustrate the possibility of escaping from the
ruined economies and the bad air of our gigantic cities into which millions
have now moved leaving the rural areas and the small towns deserted.
into a communal experiment requires that you look before you leap. But
the hazards of trying to survive in the big city are arguably as bad. There are communities which have grown up in
the inner city. People plant gardens on
the vacant lots. There is a new frontier in the abandoned inner
A Nation of Immigrants
has been rightly described as a nation of immigrants. Immigrants
began arriving in America in 1607 and there was a river of immigration,
interrupted by wars and other events, until it was shut down to a trickle by
laws passed in 1921 and 1924. Between
1820 and 1930 some 38 million immigrants arrived in America, although a
substantial number of them went back to where they came from after they found
their fortunes in America or failed to find them. Contra the myth, not everyone who came to
America got rich.
of these immigrants took up free farms under the Homestead Act, but most of
them wound up in the cities working for the rapidly expanding industries of
America. The owners of industry wanted
all the cheap labor they could get and the wages of those already here were
constantly undercut by new waves of half starved immigrants willing to work for
less. That is one of the things that
drove the later restrictions on immigration.
1883 Emma Lazarus wrote a poem which celebrated the Statue of Liberty then being built in New York Harbor as
symbolizing America's open door policy to immigration:
New Colossus by Emma Lazarus
like the brazen giant of Greek fame
With conquering limbs astride from land to land;
Here at our sea-washed, sunset gates
A mighty woman with a torch, whose flame
Is the imprisoned lightning, and her name
Mother of Exiles. From her beacon-hand
Glows world-wide welcome; her mild eyes command
The air-bridged harbor that twin cities frame
ancient lands, your storied pomp !" cries she
With silent lips. "Give me your
tired, your poor,
Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,
The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.
Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me.
I lift my lamp beside the golden door !"
fact, the Statue of Liberty had nothing to do with welcoming immigrants. When it was dedicated in 1886 no one said
anything about welcoming the huddled
masses yearning to breathe free. A
plaque with the Emma Lazarus poem on it was not installed in the Statue until
1903--without any ceremony. The Statue
of Liberty Enlightening the World
actually represents Isis the Egyptian Sun Goddess and it was a gift from the
Freemasons of France to the Freemasons of America to commemorate the twin
revolutions in 18th century France and America which overthrew the old social
order and introduced the new world order
which has been with us in one guise or another ever since. The liberty
represented by Isis includes especially the sexual liberty which was the half
concealed agenda of the 18th century Freemasons. Now it has become the norm in
modern America and modern France--free
love is out in the open. The bath houses are in business and the
abortion mills are rolling.
Lazarus had served on a committee which assisted Jewish refugees from Russia
who came here in large numbers after the Czar Alexander was assassinated in
1881 by left wing radicals including some from Jewish backgrounds. The Jews of Russia were indiscriminately
attacked and persecuted as a result even though most of them had nothing to do
with it. Just as we blame the Moslems in
general for acts of terrorism by radical Moslems.
Your Invitation Has Been Canceled
the time she wrote her poem, immigration to America had already been curtailed
by the Chinese Exclusion Act of 1882.
Which was pushed primarily by organized labor. Samuel Gompers of the American Federation of
Labor had once been fired from a cigar factory along with everyone else after
Chinese workers had been brought in to take their jobs. When the Irish gold seekers participating in
the 1849 California gold rush declined the low wages and dangerous conditions
of working on the new railroad through the Sierras, the railroad owners brought
in Chinese workers who were happy to escape from the violent chaos in
restrictive laws which were passed in 1917, 1921 and 1924 were especially aimed
at immigrants from southern and eastern Europe, including the Jews of Russia,
whose arrival in America Emma Lazarus had celebrated. The case made against the Russian Jews is
that they were all anarchists and Communists and socialists. Which wasn't even half true, although there
was some truth to the caricature. In the
19th century many European Jews left Judaism behind and a substantial number of
them embraced the new socialist faith
in its various forms.
severe restrictions on immigration which America had passed in 1924 remained in
place thereafter. In 1942 Americans
refused to allow the immigration of Jews from Europe who were desperately
trying to escape from the Nazi persecution.
The golden door stayed
shut. The policy of Hitler's government
was to push the Jews into exile. It was
only after America and Britain blocked the emigration that Hitler launched the Final Solution.
then Americans have refused refuge to the Vietnamese boat people for whom
America was responsible. As well as
trying to stop the flow of refugees from Cuba and Haiti. Now the national priority is to somehow
reverse the flow of immigrants fleeing the poverty and violence of Mexico. Americans really don't have the right to repeat
the claim of world-wide welcome which
is still found on that plaque inside the Statue of Liberty. It is one of the self deceptions that belong
to our national self worship. Honesty
requires us to draw a line through it.
We took in that welcome mat a long time ago. We still welcome the well-educated and the
affluent, yearning to become more affluent, but the huddled masses can go back where they came from. They aren't going to breathe our air if we
can help it !
World War I broke out, the Statue of Liberty was used as a symbol for military
recruitment. So Liberty meant being conscripted into the army and sent off to
France in that war which was supposed to make
the world safe for democracy.
Actually it opened the way for the Bolsheviks and the Nazis to strut
their stuff on the world stage and launch another World War which killed 60
million. Meanwhile, 10,000 Americans who
had no enthusiasm for the war were arrested under the Patriot Act of 1917. That is how Freedom was defined. You are
free to go to jail if you don't go
along with the war.
the 19th century, the government, at the behest of the corporations, allowed a mass of immigrants to drive down
wages. Between 1820 and 1860 more than 5
million Europeans migrated to the United States. Three million came between 1865 and 1873 when
the economy crashed and put 3 million out of work. In New York City 5000 businesses went out of
business. By 1874 New York City had
100,000 unemployed out of a population of one million. "Thousands were evicted from their
homes, and over the winter more than 90,000 citizens were lodged at one time or
another in the city's police stations. Hundreds wander, homeless, in this great
city through the winter storm . . . in the midst of plenty they starve. ( CC
161 ) This depression lasted most of
the 1870s. Another depression came in
1893. There was a post World War I
recession which led to 4 million unemployed in 1921, nine years before the
Great Depression hit. It hit the farmers
hard and pushed them into the cities just in time for the Depression.
is a Real Question as to how many of the world's poor people can or should be
accommodated in an America which already has a very large population of poor
people for whom the American Dream has been long deferred. A major reason for the shutting down of
immigration was the growing power of American workers whose wages were undercut
by a constant influx of immigrants happy to work for anything they could
get. We have now solved that
problem--the Capitalists have solved
it--by shipping the factories to where the cheap labor can be found. The Chinese are still excluded but they get
the jobs anyway.
question they ask in the election is: are you better off now than you were four
years ago ? Which is a short sighted
perspective. A better question is
whether the American economy provides as much opportunity as it did 50 years
ago. And the answer is that it does
not. America has lost 50 million family wage jobs in that time because
of corporations downsizing and outsourcing. The jobs that have replaced them are
subsistence wage jobs in fast food restaurants.
Servant wage jobs which allow a single person to get by, so long as you
make no attempt to raise a family. We
have built an anti family economy.
steady disappearance of American manufacturing has put millions of men out of
work. Men are disproportionately
unemployed in the current recession.
Women hold most of the jobs in many sectors of the economy, especially
the large government bureaucracies.
Which leads to stay at home dads at best. More often, it leads to families without
fathers and women with no children.
really is no great mystery about what has happened to American jobs. Both political parties have gone along with a
policy of global free trade which has
destroyed American jobs. The American
people have gone along with it because of their short sighted pursuit of entry
into the privileged class.
1962, when Congress and the Kennedy Administration passed the Trade Expansion
Act, Glenn Cunningham, a Republican congressman from Nebraska said: I am
convinced that we can never compete favorably with foreign countries, even when
all trade and tariff barriers are removed.
The cheap labor used in foreign plants means that their products can be
shipped here and sold at less cost than comparable American-made products. Whenever this happens, thousands and perhaps
millions of workers will be laid off and become unemployed. That is just what happened. Whether or not this gentleman was a prophet,
he nailed it. And for the obvious reason
that American workers who expect to be paid $ 5 an hour or $ 10 an hour or even
$ 20 an hour can simply not compete in the same market with those impoverished
millions all over the world who jump at the chance to work for $ 1 an hour or
Perot warned of what NAFTA would do--giant
sucking sound of American jobs going to central America--but both major
party candidates continued to support NAFTA, the North American Free Trade
Agreement, which has in fact led to thousands of jobs being moved to factories
in central America at the expense of U.S. workers. This is supposedly a free market--capital
flows freely across the border, cheap
shirts flow back, while labor
has to swim the Rio Grande or walk through the desert at night and climb a high
all those American workers displaced by downsizing,
outsourcing, and automation move up to salaried positions in the privileged class
via investing $ 100,000 in a college education ? That is the Big Illusion and the propaganda
lie that has distracted Americans from
realizing that the American Economy has been pulled out from under them while
they were distracted by the American
Dream. From which they will have a
rude awakening. GATT and NAFTA have
accelerated the policy of shipping American jobs out of America.
has there been so little resistance to this Downsizing
of America ? One reason is that more
than half of Americans are invested in the stock market either directly or
indirectly through 401ks or IRAs or pension funds etc. When General Electric laid off 272,000
workers the value of its stock soared.
While some Americans were losing their jobs, many other Americans saw
the value of their investments increase.
The Texas school teachers pension fund--$ 100 billion or so--is invested
in the stock market and they expect to get 8 percent on their money. Or at least they need that kind of a return
to meet their obligations. Same is true
of Calpers the California public
employees retirement fund. The same is
true of these other pension funds.
unions which sometimes offered a half-hearted resistance to the mass lay offs,
were preoccupied with preserving the wages and benefits of senior union
members. It was not hard to persuade them
to sell out, not just workers in general but even the junior members of their
own unions. Runaway automation continues
to replace bank tellers with ATMs and grocery store clerks with self scanners. The labor unions carry out a rear guard
action which protects senior workers by sacrificing the new hires.
consumers have benefited from the low prices for electronic goods imported from
Asia. And prefer the cars made in
Germany or Japan to the cars made in Detroit which were made as cheaply as possible
to compensate for the extreme wages and benefits the auto makers had to pay to
the United Auto Workers. A similar thing
happened to the American Steel Industry which priced itself out of existence
after the big American wars ended and the military contracts upon which it
depended came to an end. Should we care
about our fellow American workers ? How
much did they care about us when they pursued these rip off contracts ?
basic characteristic of early Christian society is that they really did care
about one another. The basic
characteristic of American society, as of every secular society, is that
Americans do not care about other Americans--not if there is money to be made
by selling them out. When you stick a
pin in the hot air balloon of patriotic rhetoric, that is the reality which
appears. Millions of Americans continue
to pursue wealth without work while millions of other Americans sink deeper
into the poverty which results.
Americans invoke verbal blessings upon other Americans in the way that
James 2.15-16 describes, but it is only words.
basic reason there has been so little resistance to the wholesale erosion of
American jobs is that Faith in the
American Dream which is the grand illusion of so many. When you expect to become a rock star or have
a career in the NBA, or at least find a comfortable position in the privileged
class via a college education, you are not likely to become alarmed when Hanes
and Fruit of the Loom move all the underwear manufacturing jobs from places
like Mississippi to places like Vietnam.
one will admit that his American dream is a $ 12 an hour job in an underwear
factory. And it makes perfect sense to
the underwear manufacturers to move their factories to places where people are
glad to get $ 1 an hour. Their stock
holders applaud as well. And the number
of Americans who own stock outnumbers those who worked in these factories. We have now reached the point where the
entire American garment industry has been shipped overseas. So now we can all be lawyers and doctors or
other high salaried professionals, or get a job with the government. Some of us can, anyway. The other 250 million can get food stamps and
section 8 housing and shop at the Good Will.
Where there are racks full of clothes made in Asia or Central
from all the people who are willing to take our underwear manufacturing jobs
for $ 1 an hour, there are a large number of highly educated people in places
like India who are qualified for those high tech jobs and who will do them for
a third of what a college educated American expects to get.
not arguing that America can insulate its prosperity from the poverty of the
rest of the world. It is obviously too
late for that. But that means we have to
deal with the fact of the terrible poverty of the rest of the world which
relentlessly undermines our prosperity.
We have to deal with the poverty in Mexico which drives so many millions
to come here in a desperate quest for survival, while the flashing red light on
the Statue of Liberty says go
the prosperity of our free enterprise
system was going to be shared with the rest of the world. The opposite has happened. What we actually exported was a system of legalized looting which enriches the
corrupt governing classes at the expense of the rest of the people who languish
in the most wretched poverty. As in
Mexico, where all the wealth has been stolen by the revolutionary ruling party.
Subsidizing the World
prosperity has steadily eroded while American manufacturing has been shut down
and shipped abroad. A major reason for
that is the global imperial view of those at the apex of the federal
government, who have to maintain that world dominance which otherwise depends
upon 800 air bases and naval bases and army bases in 39 countries all over the
world. It is cheaper to subsidize
foreign armies than to ship one over seas.
And even cheaper to allow most
favored nation trade deals. It makes
sense, from the imperial point of view, to distribute billions of American
dollars in military subsidies to half the nations on the planet. Waning empires prefer bribery to war. It is cheaper and a lot less trouble. The Egyptian army gets a billion a year in
return for keeping the peace with Israel.
Mubarak accumulated a couple of billion while he was President. Who knows how many billions Israel has
received. And all those other nations
are client states also. And everywhere
there is corruption.
aid has been defined as the process by
which poor people in rich countries give money to rich people in poor countries. In 1981 Prime Minister Begin of Israel asked
angrily Are we a vassal state of yours
? Are we a banana republic ? The answer to that is yes. Between 1966 and 1991
Israel received more than $ 75 billion in American aid.
the perspective of the imperial White House, sacrificing the lives of soldiers
to maintain America's position in the world is acceptable. So neither do they balk at policies which lead
to thousands of laid off workers in America.
The extension of most favored
nation status to China may put a lot of Americans out of work and cost
America a lot of money, but it is arguably cheaper than doubling the military
establishment in that part of the world to meet the threat of a hostile
with subsidies to the military, America is committed to allowing all these
client states to sell whatever they have to sell in the U.S. In effect the federal government subsidizes
and encourages all that so-called free
trade which tips the balance of trade away from America. Germany and Japan, Taiwan and Korea are all
in effect client states of the American Empire.
As are the nations of Latin America.
The American Government has dependents
all over the world. And can't really
take care of them all without neglecting its home populace.
and Afghanistan have absorbed billions of American dollars. And exhibit that wholesale corruption which
invariably accompanies such largesse.
Pakistan gets more billions for supposedly helping us, even while they
seem to be helping the other side with our money. Like a gal that takes your money and gives it
to another man. America was the landlord
of the Philippines for 50 years. And
left behind one of the most thoroughly corrupt nations you could find any
where. As aptly symbolized by the 20,000
pairs of shoes that Imelda Marcos left behind when she and her husband took
their billions and got out of there, headed for a luxurious exile. Meanwhile, a large part of the population
lives out at the dump.
money paid to Egypt goes to the Egyptian army which is corrupted by
it--although it was already corrupt. The
billions given to Pakistan go to the army of course. And the generals transfer the money to off shore bank accounts. The same story is repeated in other
places. Wherever the Marines have landed they have left behind nations ruled by
wealthy and corrupt establishments while most of the people remain mired in
poverty and ready to join drug dealing organizations or terrorist groups. How else can they get any respect or any
is in fact an international economic system which can correctly be called legalized looting. The rip
off system of economy and government.
Calling it corruption is
misleading because it implies that wholesomeness and integrity is the
norm. In fact, corruption is the
2005 book by Ronald W. Baker, Capitalism's
Achilles Heel Dirty Money and How to Renew the Free-Market
System, documents the whole sale corruption which has impoverished all of
Africa, Asia and South America. Mr.
Baker went to Nigeria in the 1960s and started a business there immediately
after he graduated from the Harvard Business School. And encountered that system of bribery and
corruption which has engulfed the whole of Africa in the wake of liberation. Corrupt governing groups deal drugs, steal
mineral wealth and then launder the money through the international banking
system. They steal the money loaned by
the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund, stash it in Swiss bank
accounts or the Cayman Islands and leave the wretched people of the country
owing the money.
Baker still believes in Capitalism. He did anyway when he first went to Nigeria
as a dewy-eyed graduate of Harvard Business School. In fact he still has a somewhat naive faith
in it. It seems to be all he has by way
of a religion. At the end of the book he
argues that Adam Smith envisioned Capitalism
as a moral system but that it was
corrupted by the utilitarianism of
Jeremy Bentham. And he believes it can
be Reformed. Somehow.
that argument is worth, Baker admits that the international capitalist system has been entirely
corrupted and produced a terrible poverty all over the world. He documents how much dirty money from looted mineral wealth, businesses which rely upon
the bribery of corrupt officials and drug cartels is routinely laundered by American and European
banks and stashed in secret off shore accounts.
And he shows how much poverty and misery has engulfed the looted
countries of Africa, Asia and Latin America as a consequence.
is the value of his book. He went to the
trouble to research the corruption found in some 60 countries all over the
world and the ways by which money from it is laundered by western banks along
with the money from drug cartels.
Trillions of dollars from sovereign wealth funds, oil revenues, public
pension funds, officials who loot the treasury and drug cartels etc. find their
way into investment funds where stolen paper wealth can be converted into
basic characteristic of economies and governments all over the world is
wholesale corruption. The Transparency
International web site has Global Corruption Reports documenting the
billions which have been pocketed by the governing parties of Nigeria, Angola,
Kenya, Pakistan, Gabon, Zimbabwe, Ivory Coast, Congo. With the help of Western banks and
corporations. I came, I saw, I looted is the motto of international free market
where Mr. Baker tried to do business, ranks as one of the most corrupt
countries in the world. But the whole of
Africa has descended into desperate poverty and violent chaos because of the
looting of the elites who are assisted by Western corporations and banks. A BBC 10-23-12 story about Nigeria describes
the daily theft of 180,000 barrels of
oil. They can't figure out how the
thieves are getting away with it.
Inspector Closeau is on the job with a trained dolphin to track the oil
tankers. Well, it would be funny if the
terrible poverty of the people of Nigeria were funny.
the poverty of Africa
hopeless poverty and rampant violent crime which now afflicts South Africa is as bad as anything they
suffered under apartheid. It is worse really, because the rest of the
world has lost interest in their plight.
They have fallen out of fashion now that it is blacks mistreating
blacks. African Liberation is supposed to have ended the miseries of Africa instead
of making them worse. So their situation
no longer fits western ideologies.
Bishop Tutu has moved on to global
warming as his main cause. As
elsewhere, a corrupt governing party lives in luxury while most of the people
don't have clean water or electricity or safety or enough food.
Kenya features Kibera--the largest slum in Africa, where children trade sex for
food. Kibera now has one nurse to serve
the population. They don't even have
clean drinking water. Meanwhile, Members
of Parliament are paid 9300 pounds a month.
Hundreds of millions in British foreign aid has been stolen.
was the backing of the American CIA that allowed Joseph Mobutu to hang on to
power in the Congo. He and his supporters went on to steal $ 5
billion. And plunged the Congo into
endless civil wars which have killed 5 million and caused 5 million rapes. There seems to be no country in Africa which
does not have 1. a wholly corrupt governing party 2. a mass of poor people 3. who are often the victims of criminal and
military violence directly connected to the looting.
Baker shows, this relentless looting is facilitated by Western corporations and
by the policies of the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund, which
persist in making loans to notoriously corrupt governments. The money gets stolen and those who never
received it are liable for it. The
British bank HSBC has agreed to pay a $ 1.9 billion fine for laundering money
for drug cartels like the Sinaloa Cartel of Mexico. For years this bank has been laundering money
for one of the cartels which is responsible for the violence in Mexico which,
along with the poverty, drives the Mexicans to escape any way they can. The Mexican bail out back in 1995 cost the
U.S. $ 50 billion. It was the international corporations who
were saved, not the poor people of Mexico.
The opening of a giant new oil field in Mexico in the 1970s was supposed
to alleviate the poverty of Mexico. It
did the opposite. All the money went
into the pockets of the governing party and their supporters.
cannot insulate its prosperity from the poverty of the rest of the world. Historically, the U.S. has had a major share
of the responsibility for the poverty of Mexico. And will never stop the flow of desperately
poor migrants coming north until it finds a way to address poverty in
Mexico. Of course that was the false
promise of NAFTA. All they need is
so-called free market capitalism. The American Coast Guard turns back those who
try to escape from Haiti. The relentless
and hopeless poverty of Haiti is the result of perennially corrupt
entrenched corruption of Spain and Italy and Greece is the major reason for the
collapse of those economies, which offer no future for the young people of
those countries. The usual partnership
of unscrupulous corporations and larcenous politicians has systematically
diverted the wealth of the country. See
the New York Times of Feb 16 2013
A4 In Spain, Graft Inquiry is Widening re: traditions of institutionalized graft exposed by the downturn in
it isn't just the people at the top who are dishonest. Dishonesty pervades the population. Dishonesty has long since reached epidemic
proportions in most of the world's economy.
Anyone who tries to stay honest is surrounded by those who will take
advantage. Everybody does it is the universal motto.
Communist and Capitalist Corruption
under the Czars had a large and corrupt bureaucracy and military
establishment. Under the Communists, the
bureaucracy grew larger and more corrupt.
Now that the Communists no longer run things, old fashioned Capitalist
Corruption has re-emerged. The arguments
about systems are irrelevant when
there is a universal system of
looting which persists regardless of prevailing ideology.
primary feature of Communist China has been a large corrupt bureaucracy,
facilitated by totalitarian control and the absence of an independent
press. Now that capitalism has returned, the old restrictions have been thrown off
and the corruption has been multiplied.
An article in the New York Times for October 26th 2012 shows how Prime
Minister Wen Jiabao and his family have made billions via free enterprises facilitated by government connections. Although he has done it under protest as it
were--In the winter of 2007, just before
he began his second term as prime minister, Wen Jiabao called for new measures
to fight corruption, particularly among high-ranking officials. Which will leave more for himself and his
America we have less corruption because we have more lawyers. The corporation lawyers and lobbyists go to
Washington, sit down with the Congressmen and work out deals which make that
legal which before was not legal. If it
is even half way legal, the corporations can take it from there. They expect to be in court suing and being
sued and they have legal establishments already set up to take care of it.
is more scrutiny of the corruption in America because of an independent press. The muckrakers
of the 19th century exposed the graft of New York and Chicago and other
American cities where political establishments systematically looted the public
treasury in what was accurately described as a spoils system. Tammany Hall
and Boss Tweed. But as soon as the media
spotlight is switched off, the mice come out again. In the late 1980s, during the third term of
Mayor Ed Koch, a whole series of trials showed how corruption pervades various
departments. City workers have long
since mastered the art of ripping off the taxpayers by exploiting the vices of
when the Mayor does not personally enrich himself, which was true of Mayor
Daley in Chicago and Ed Koch in New York, corruption pervades the municipal
bureaucracies he supposedly supervises.
The legendary stories like that of Huey Long in Louisiana distract us
from the less flamboyant and routine corruption of our cities.
I was in New York in the 1970s the garbage men would head for the dump with
half a load and call it a day. The
social workers would sit upstairs reading the Racing Form while their clients
waited in long lines. The police
officers would report for duty and then park some place and take a nap. The city clerical staff would come late,
leave early and take two hours for lunch.
are not all that shocked and indignant when they read of municipal
corruption. The reaction of the average
person is 1. mild indignation 2. a
shrug--I'd probably do the same if I got
the chance 3. a question:
how can I get in on it ? That is why the spirit of easy money and the rip off shows up at every level of the American economy. Auto mechanics and plumbers, roofers and
repair men are only as honest as they are made to be. If Diogenes went looking for an honest
workman his lantern would run out of kerosene before he found one. Under the new health care system, doctors
have become as larcenous as lawyers. At
the higher levels of the bureaucracy, where there isn't the same
self-interested scrutiny, the rip off is destroying the system. The runaway cost of health care and health
insurance is the result of fraud and rip offs at every level. Billions are being stolen from Medicare and
it is on the way to bankruptcy.
the doctrine of 99 per cent righteous
are indebted to the late Occupy Wall
Street movement for a definition of what is wrong with the U.S.
economy. Even if it is the wrong
definition, it helps to bring into focus the question as to who or what is to
blame for the half collapsed economy.
definition says in effect that the one per cent richest are to blame while the
other 99 per cent of us are not to blame--we are the victims. 1 per cent of us are rich but not righteous. The remaining 99 per cent of us are righteous
because we don't belong to the 1 per cent.
that you are beat up by the gang of 9
on your way home. You have a just claim
to be a martyr. But suppose that your
group of nine is beat up by the gang of 1
on your way home from school. Wouldn't
you be embarrassed to mention it ?
99 per cent of the population have allowed themselves to be mugged by the
wealthiest 1 per cent of the population, what can anybody do about it ? If they did it once, they'll do it twice ! We're Doomed !
the other hand, if the 99 per cent of us who are righteous but not rich can
arrive at a show down with the 1 per cent who are rich but not righteous, why
can't we make them share the wealth ? We hardly need to vote-- Resolved: that Oprah Winfrey, Tiger Woods and Lebron
James should divvy up with the rest of us . . . motion
carried by acclamation ! Instead of
occupying the park, we will camp out on Oprah's estate until she brings us all
barbecue. Then move on to the next
the 99 per cent could easily pass a total tax on the 1 per cent and then live
happily ever after, an explanation is wanting as to why we haven't already done
it. The most recent tax increase on the
top 2 per cent seems to imply that only 98 per cent of us are righteous.
fact the list of those who are to blame for our broken down economy should
include a much larger percentage. Those
who make a living by honest work in America are not 99 per cent of the
population. More like 9 per cent. Those who participate in parasite practices
and the rip off make up the other 91
the past 150 years Wall Street has evolved 1001 ways to cheat and they still
come up with something new every week.
But everybody and his brother wants a piece of the action if he can get
it. Most Americans are invested in the stock market directly or
indirectly. They all share the Wall
Street faith of wealth without work via investing. Jeremiah 6.13 says For from the least to the greatest of them, every one is greedy for
unjust gain. That accurately
describes our society and largely explains the major cause of the recent
are still stuck with the simple minded Marxist dictum that society is divided
into two classes, one of which exploits the other. In fact there are more like 20 classes in
society. All of which pursue their
interest as best they can by seeking favors from the government. And as
individuals, we all rip off the best we can.
The 65 per cent on the top rip off the 35 per cent on the bottom. Who rip them off when they get the
chance. We have reached the point where
everyone gets a government check. Some
checks are larger than others, that's the difference. And the day is coming when the checks will
is true that people with a lot of money take advantage of those with less
money. It is also true that those
with less money take advantage of those
with more when they get the chance. At
street level, the fellows with no money will rob or steal from whomever.
reality is that those who are poor prey upon other poor people and prey upon
those who have more than they do--if they get the chance. Those at the bottom are just as predatory as
those at the top, or more so--they have to be.
It is just that their opportunities to rip off their fellows produce
in the comics, it isn't the billionaire who steals the cans of the can
collector. A rival can collector does
that. The billionaire pursues bigger
prey. Or spends it on philanthropy. When there is nothing left you want to buy,
you can still buy respect.
Smith says that Civil government, so far as it is instituted for the security of
property, is in reality instituted for the defence of the rich against the
poor, or of those who have some property against those who have none at all. [ WN
674 ] The rich have always defended
themselves from revolution by buying off those who seriously threaten their
position. Most people have some property to protect. And have no confidence that they could
expropriate the property of the rich
without the risk of having their own property expropriated. Adam Smith was bought off by the Duke with a
life time pension and an easy money
sinecure in the government bureaucracy.
Adam Smith's time there were only 3000 voters in England. The franchise was limited to white men with a
lot of property. In America, everyone
gets to vote. In Chicago, even the
ghosts get to vote. Which means that the
welfare state will inevitably expand beyond the Merchants and Manufacturers of Adam Smith's day who extorted protections and subsidies from
Parliament. But why be indignant when
the masses do what the Merchants do ?
The result is smaller checks but a lot more of them
lead to pay offs for soldiers who survive.
The class of those who have some
property has become a very large category in America. Most of the population. The expectation that the Middle Class is
ready to join the revolution is silly.
live in a rip off society. A society
which is structured to facilitate the rip off.
The rip off gets built into business practices. It defines the housing market. It gets written into union contracts and out
of court settlements. Federal, State and
City governments operate on what is basically bribery even though it isn't
called that. It ceases to be bribery when it becomes standard
Occupy Wall Street movement camped out in city park to push the millionaires to
agree to disgorge their ill-gotten gains.
They didn't realize that millionaires don't hang out in city parks and
were therefore free from any pressure to disgorge. The media propped it up as best they could
but it succumbed to natural causes like inept rabble rousing and silly
failed to recognize that the unions are part of the rip off, not the
alternative to it. What is really wanted
is a way to pressure the 91 per cent to somehow give up the rip off and the easy money. Which is not
likely to happen. But there is a small
percentage of society which could find the way to an honest economy when they
understand what they are up against.
wrong with the American economy is Americans--it's us. It's what we do and what we don't do. We don't do honest and useful work. Instead we get hold of positions, safe
sinecures in the bureaucracy. We make
money off money--we try to and go broke trying.
We are all like the farmer going into the tavern and losing his crop
money at the poker table. You can't cheat an honest man. We get cheated by trying to cheat
society in which people insisted upon doing an honest day's work at a socially
useful trade in return for fair wages would be a revolutionary society. Which is why those who are serious about
having an honest economy have to build one.
Not from scratch because there
are honest workers and honest businesses which provide some foundation. But there has to be as much independence as possible from most of
the hopelessly corrupt establishment we now have. cf. in
the world but notofit.
the lottery economy
anyone succeed in America ? Yes ! And we have numerous stories which illustrate
that proposition. Parallel Question: Can anyone win the lottery ? Yes !
And we have numerous stories which illustrate that proposition. The follow up question is: can everyone succeed in America ? The parallel follow up question is: can everyone
win the lottery ? And the answer is
no. For everyone who wins a million
there have to be about two million who lose a dollar, because half the money
stays with the sponsor of the lottery.
question about America is harder to answer, because it is a more complex sort
of lottery. It isn't just luck. There is a lot of room for using influence
etc. And it isn't just a zero sum game like the poker table. But the obvious fact is this: the more people there are who get rich
without working, the more people there will be whose wages are in effect
substantially reduced. It is a kind of
poker table economy in which those who win do so at the expense of those who
basic part of the false faith in the American Economy is that we can all get
ahead via college. We can all become
members of the affluent society via 6 years of college while embracing free trade with a world in which millions
of people are eager to work for a third of what we expect to get.
is the current version of The American
Dream. It is the false faith of
much of the rest of the world also. We
can all join the privileged class by investing a small fortune in getting a
college degree. It did halfway work 60
years ago. And it still works for
some. But it is a bad investment for most people.
Spain and Italy and Greece more than half of the college graduates have no
jobs. Have moved back in with their
parents. The chance for these young
people to start a family has been put on hold indefinitely. They only have enough money for the beer
garden. It encourages irresponsibility
and that what the hell lifestyle
which is so conspicuous among modern young people. A lifestyle which absolutely requires
contraception and abortion.
years ago, a college degree was a ticket which admitted you to the privileged
class. Now it is more of a lottery
ticket. You might get there but the
privileged class is steadily shrinking while the competition keeps
growing. So you wind up thousands of
dollars in debt with no realistic prospect of paying it off any time soon. And the money could have bought a house or
launched a business. Getting into the
privileged class via a College diploma is part of that American Dream--that big
illusion--in which so many Americans, and so many Europeans are now trapped.
people are suckered by the deceptive advertising of these for-profit vocational
colleges which rely upon government loans.
After running into debt, their graduates discover that they are no
closer to a job than they were when they started. Having wasted all that time, they now have a
debt to pay.
fact is that we can't all join the privileged class. We can't all be high salaried professionals or find a life time sinecure some where
in the government bureaucracy. Those
government bureaucracies are also currently down-sizing. Putting your faith in this system is the equivalent of putting your
faith in your lottery ticket. Except
that it only takes a week to become disillusioned with the lottery ticket. Years of your life may go by before you are
forced to give up your faith in the system.
cite statistics showing how much more you will make in a life time if you have
a college degree versus if you don't.
But those figures compare apples and onions--compare those who hang out
in college dormitories smoking dope and fornicating versus those who hang out
on street corners smoking dope and trying to fornicate.
you take the money you would have spent on college and invest it in a farm or a
business or a house, you have a much better chance at making a living then if
you try to meet the increasingly tough competition of the down-sizing
bureaucracies. If you work at making a
living for yourself instead of hanging out at one of those high class flop houses called colleges
for 4 years, you have a head start on life.
people have been sold the illusion that, despite mass poverty all over the
world, we can all find a position in one
of the bureaucracies or arrive at wealth with very little labor in the great
world of international capitalism.
College: the road to
has increasingly become a road to no where in the modern economy. In fact it is often a road to ruin. Young people saddled with heavy debt which
will take them years to pay, even if they find a job. Increasingly, many of them cannot.
the 19th century there was a privileged class which went to college at Daddy's
expense and which then had easy access to good jobs. There was a brief period in the 20th century
when admission to an expanding privileged class was granted to those not born
into it via going to college. The
modern faith is that we can all get good jobs after going to college at
government expense. We can all join the
privileged class. It is a false faith
which is rapidly eroding. We have to
find an alternative--create an alternative economy which is independent of this
bankrupt system upon which we are now so dependent.
is true that you have to work three times as hard to succeed if you give up on
finding an easy money sinecure. But, if
you are serious about making a success of your life, you are better off
quitting that road which has been blocked by a bad accident and a miles long
back up. That describes the modern
Education versus College
has to do with getting a job credential.
It is a great waste of time and money and youth if there is no job
waiting. It has no real connection with
learning or education properly
so-called. College mainly produces a lot
of sophmores--which means wise fools--who have the illusion that
they are educated because they went
to college. What they study in college
is of no value if it does not provide a usable job credential.
all in favor of continuing education and free education for all. Get a library card and take out some
books. Read War and Peace. Read The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire. Read A
Terrible Glory by James Donovan, a first rate history of Custer and the
battle of the Little Big Horn. The
endless time-wasting and expensive pursuit of pseudo-learning at college, of
job credentials that do not lead to a job, especially when you have to borrow
the money to pay for it, is a fool's
errand. Down With College !
and Down With Borrowing ! Up With Learning ! and Up with the Library ! should be our slogans. Borrow
books, Not money will fit on a picket sign.
the right to life and property
Declaration of Independence says that every man has the right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. The original Virginia version said life, liberty and property. A more precise formulation which avoids silly
assumptions about how happy people can be working on the railroad for $ 1 a
day, or singing while they slave in the tobacco fields of Mr. Jefferson or
right to property--to some
property--is a necessary corollary of the right to life. By property,
I do not mean a 10,000 acre plantation and 200 slaves like Thomas Jefferson
had. I mean rather sufficient stuff, whether by way of land or stock or tools, so that you can make a living without depending
upon the government--joining the army--or having no other option except to work
for the Coal Company. cf. I owe my soul to the Company store.
the right to property has to be limited. The limit comes from the fact that other
people have the right to life and the right to property. Jefferson's property in slaves violated the
rights of those people to their lives.
His occupying of a 10,000 acre estate which was the gift of a corrupt
legislature to his father, a tract of land that he could not even begin to work
himself, is also an obvious violation of the right to property of other men who
were landless because of it. The great
estates into which much of Virginia was divided were patterned upon the great
estates into which most of England was divided, which were also originally
grants from the royal government. The
Dukes did no work and received most of the revenue. The laborers did the work and received a
G.K. Chesterton argued in the outline
of sanity: One
would think, to hear people talk, that the Rothschilds and the Rockefellers
were on the side of property. But
obviously they are the enemies of property because they are enemies of their
own limitations. They do not want their
own land; but other people's . . . It is the negation of property that the Duke
of Sutherland should have all the farms in one estate; just as it would be the
negation of marriage if he had all our wives in one harem. Chesterton also argued that what we
call Capitalism ought to be called Proletarianism. The point of it is not that some people have
capital, but that most people only have wages because they do not have capital.
Capitalism and Socialism, Chesterton argued for Distributism: we all have a
basic right as individuals to the property we need to live. A right which was effectively negated by the
Duke who owned half the County or the Texas Cattle King who claimed a million
acres and used his hired gunmen to run off the Homesteaders. You had the right to work for him or find
another County. Now many of the world's
young people are seeking another Country, just as so many have had to do in the
past. If you don't have access to the
corrupt governing class, you have no future in the Country of your birth. [ The Duke of Sutherland cleared 15,000 tenants off his estate in the Highlands of Scotland to make way for deer forests and grouse moors. ]
is no mandate for equality in
Nature. The mandate for equality in the
French Revolution led to chopping off the heads of the aristocrats who had
lived in luxury while the peasants starved.
No one demands equality with
the rag picker or the can collector. We
want equality with the Duke. The only
valid mandate comes from a parent who at least pretends not to play favorites
and thereby makes herself liable to the charge of unequal treatment: Jimmy got to go, why can't I go ? But when we try that argument on the Senator,
he may justly respond: He gave me a nice
fat envelope. What did you give me ?
when one man owns half the county and other landless men work as laborers on
his estate--if they are lucky--there is a denial of natural justice in this
situation. One man owns 100 houses and
100 families pay him rent--or a monthly mortgage payment. How did that come about from a time when each
family owned its own tepee or thatched hut or sod house ?
Castro delivers a 6 hour speech while everyone gathered in the square listens
attentively. You better listen since
informers are every where and under cover police circulate through the
crowd. It is best not to yawn or
smirk. Is this a wonderful example of The Right of Free Speech ? Obviously, Mr. Castro's excessive assertion
of his right of free speech effectively negates the free speech right of
everyone else. You have the right to
remain silent--to Shut Up and Listen !
Rand insisted upon the absolute and unlimited right to property. And insisted upon the right to abortion as a
woman's absolute right. But there is an
obvious fallacy in the argument that a
woman has the right to do what she wants with her own body. Because there are two bodies involved in an abortion.
Whether or not the embryo child has a soul and whether or not she is a
citizen, she has a live body which
will cease to live when the abortion is finished.
principle in common law is that your right to swing your arm freely ends where
someone else's face begins. My right to
do what I want with my body is limited by the presence of someone
else's body. I have the right to drive my car down the
road. But I don't have the right to run
over other people trying to use the road.
I have a limited right, not
an absolute right. Limited by the rights
basic premises of Christian society are that a person is a person no matter how small and that everyone has the right to a birthday. An embryo child is a small person who has the
right to a birthday. A society which
does not respect that right has abandoned any claim to be a just society.
And, beyond that, the
right to life must necessarily include the right
to make a living. Unless that means
the right to a government job or a job with the great corporation it has to
mean the right to a share of the stuff
which God and Nature have provided--some minimum of land and stock which will
allow you to support a family. It
doesn't just mean the right to a minimum wage job. The right
live implies the right to work at something and the right to have something to
work with. Instead of being a wage slave
forever dependent upon the government or the corporation or the plantation
owner. The right to property is necessarily connected to the right to life.
new mouth that comes into the world brings with it a pair of hands which can
feed that mouth if those hands can get hold of a share of what
God put here as His providence for all of us.
you have the right to be here, you have the right to what you need to go on
living here. Which means something
beyond a packing crate at the edge of the dump and the right to scavenge for
the right to have a family
the right to life, there is the right to have a family. Which requires much more than a subsistence
wage job or a government welfare check.
A man has a right to make a living for his family. A family has a right to a house. We have some obligation to see that they get
it, or at least that we are not the cause of them losing it.
isn't so much that we have an obligation in charity to provide a family with a
house, but we do have an obligation in justice to avoid depriving them of their
house. Which is just what these complex
wealth pursuing systems bring about. In
much of the world people have been pushed out of their villages and wind up
living in a packing crate at the garbage dump of some giant city.
America, thousands of people are losing their homes. Which may be partly at least their own fault,
since they kept borrowing against the inflated equity created by runaway speculation. But when we participate in these wealth without work schemes we also
become complicit in the process which puts families out on the street.
the primitive human community, no one had to pay a mortgage on his tepee or
thatched hut or sod house. In fact your
neighbors have a traditional obligation to help you build it. That obligation does not fall upon the
government. It falls upon us as
individuals, especially if we claim to be Christians.
test of any society, whether it is a just
society or not, is how far it facilitates the right of the common man to
support a family. When he is stuck at a
subsistence wage job which allows a single person to survive, when his one good
alternative is to join the army and hazard life and limb in some foreign
conflict, he has been effectively deprived of his basic right.
was a time 60 years ago when most Americans had the chance to get a family
wage. It still excluded a substantial
part of the population, including much of the black population. But, unlike today, it wasn't that hard for
anyone willing to work to find a family
wage which would allow him to support a family by working a 40 hour
week. Otherwise his wife has to work or
he has to work double shifts and never see his kids.
opportunity has steadily eroded over the past 60 years. It is now the case that only a minority of
Americans can expect to find a family
wage. We can blame the government
for that and we can blame the corporations for that but first we have to blame
ourselves--have to take responsibility for the erosion of the foundations of
family life by our pursuit of wealth and luxury.
de facto way we have to rely upon one another to acknowledge our right. Your life and your property are only as safe
as your neighbors' willingness to respect them.
Those who acknowledge that responsibility have to find a way to
establish a society which is independent of all those others who do not. We cannot put our trust in the government, or
in the corporation, or in the Capitalist System. We have rather to find those in whom we can
trust, because they share our values, the values that were once found in the
original Christian community--whether they call themselves Christians or not.
a fool's faith
in 1928, President Herbert Hoover proclaimed that We in America are nearer to the final triumph over poverty than ever
before in the history of any land. We
have not reached the goal, but, given a chance to go forward with the policies of
the last eight years, we shall soon with the help of God be in sight of the day
when poverty will be banished from this nation. He won by an overwhelming majority. The stock market boomed. Then it collapsed and there ensued the 10
year long Great Depression which was only ended by the runaway spending and the
exportation of manpower of World War II.
next President to promise an end to poverty was Lyndon Johnson who declared a
War on Poverty after he was elected by a landslide in 1964. He continued the War in Vietnam anyway. That prevented a lot of unemployment.
in the American economy, which now means a faith in the world economy to which
it is tied by a thousand chains, is a fool's faith. There has only been one society which
actually abolished poverty: Acts
4.34 There was not a needy person among them. They proved it could be done.
wealth without work
Smith used stock as a synonym for capital.
And it brings out the idea that a few chickens, or a sack of wheat seed,
or canned goods with which you can stock
the shelves of your store are a necessary foundation for making a living on
your own. Instead of using money to make
money, you get hold of some stock and
use it to make your labor fruitful. You
invest in your own labor instead of trying to make a profit off the labor of
others. Which is the definition of usury:
reaping where you did not sow, and taking up what you did not lay
down. Luke 19.21
definition of stock has nothing in
common with the stock market where
money changes hands in the same way it does in a gambling casino. On Wall Street, work is just another 4 letter word to be avoided. The common feature of the financial system is
a super structure of executives and board members who meet in air conditioned
rooms and never work up a sweat. Plus
stock holders who don't even bother to attend the meeting.
is a common progression in the economic system whereby moneyed men go on from 1. making or producing or building
something to 2. owning factories or organizing
enterprises in which others do the actual productive work to 3.
shipping and trading goods made by others
to 4. loaning the money to
5. buying stock in enterprises
launched by others and financed by others.
Beyond investing, there is day trading and speculating, and beyond that there is betting on something to
fail--all the varieties of short-selling
and vampire capitalism.
that enables those who never did any of this to begin at the end, as it were,
by investing their money. Or, more
often, turning it over to a hedge fund manager to invest. They still take the risk, it is said, but that is what insurance is for--credit default swaps. Leading to an ideal world in which you make
lots of money with no work and no risk.
You don't even have to think about it, unless you made a mistake when
you selected the hedge fund.
are 1001 ways to make money without working for it--without doing much of
anything that could be described as useful work. There are all those positions where putting
in your time is euphemistically called work. And then there is real useful work which is
extravagantly over paid for one reason or another.
Socialism soon arrives at the same old place as capitalism where those who do the most
work get the smallest reward and those who do little or no work are compensated
just because of the positions they occupy.
In a world in which so many people are so desperately poor, it isn't
that hard to trace a connection between the one thing and the other. And the obvious label for it is injustice.
defines usury as unjust
gain and shows the connection with poverty: 28.8 He
that by usury and unjust gain increaseth his substance, he shall gather it for
him that will pity the poor.
15 asks: Who shall dwell in thy holy hill ? . . . He that putteth not out his money to usury.
6.13 does not limit his indictment to the few.
He says rather For from the least to the greatest of them,
every one is greedy for unjust gain.
He could be describing modern America instead of ancient Israel. If the rip off were the work of the few, it
could soon be remedied. When so many are
engaged in it or waiting for the chance to jump in, there is no easy way to fix
it. That is where the necessity for
building an alternate economy comes from.
16.4 prophesies: the extortioner is at an end, the spoiler ceaseth, the oppressors are
consumed out of the land. A good
prophecy but when will it come true ?
22.12 says thou hast taken usury and
increase, and thou hast greedily gained of thy neighbours by extortion, and
hast forgotten me, saith the Lord God.
Extortion is used in the gospels and the
epistles as the label for those who get money from money instead of working for
it. Matthew 23.25 for ye
make clean the outside of the cup and of the platter, but within they are full
of extortion and excess
tells us not to keep company . . . with
an extortioner, with such an one no not to eat
1 Co 5.10-11 and in
6.10 says nor
extortioners shall inherit the Kingdom of God.
was a point of pride for Paul that he continued to work at his tent making
trade instead of asking the various Christian communities to support him. Paul insisted upon work as the necessary
foundation of the Christian community--Ephesians 4.28 Let him
that stole steal no more: but rather let him labour, working with his hands the
thing that is good 1
Thessalonians 4.11 work
with your own hands, as we commanded you;
12 That ye may walk honestly toward them that are without, and that ye may
have lack of nothing. 2
Thessalonians 3.10 If any one will not
work, let him not eat. For we hear that
some of you are living in idleness, mere busybodies, not doing any work. Now such persons we command and exhort in the
Lord Jesus Christ to do their work in quietness and to earn their own
living. In 3.14 he tells them to have nothing to do with such people. Which re-inforces what he says about no fellowship with extortioners. It is a necessary condition for building an
alternate economy which is based upon honest work and which shuns usury and those who live by it.
There is more about America's unjust
economy and what Christians can do about it on the radicalchristianpress.org web site.
See # Christian Economy versus Capitalism and versus Socialism. # Governor
Bradford Discovers the Folly of Communism and the Wisdom of Piece Work. # What's Wrong With the Economy ? #
there is a lot about the original American economy in The Roots of Abortion
the challenge of the churches
who are serious about stopping abortion have to target the churches, not the
states. If you cannot abolish abortion
in the Catholic Church and the Lutheran Church and the Baptist Church you are
never going to abolish it in Colorado or in America. At least these churches pretend to be pro
life. That offers a foot hold. A toe hold anyway.
the Catholic Church pro life ? On paper,
it is. But Catholics voted for Obama
just like they vote for other pro abortion politicians. They tolerate Joe Biden who proudly
proclaimed his pro choice position in
the Vice Presidential debate. Since the
Catholic bishops do not have the Courage to ex communicate the prominent
Catholics like Biden and Nancy Pelosi who proudly proclaim their support for choice, the Bishops themselves deserve
to be excommunicated by the real Christian church. What can you say about shepherds who sit
there and pretend not to notice the wolf walking boldly through the gate and
into the sheep fold ?
of the main speakers on Tuesday September 4th 2012, the first night of the
Democratic National Convention, was the President of NARAL, the National
Abortion Rights Action League. She
proudly proclaimed the support of President Obama and the Democratic Party for
abortion. On Wednesday, the second night
of the Democratic National Convention, one of the main speakers was the
President of Planned Parenthood, who avoided using the word abortion while she proudly proclaimed
the support of President Obama and the Democratic Party for choice and women's reproductive health.
What is the National Conference of Catholic Bishops going to proclaim in
respect to this political party to which so many Catholics belong ? In which there are so many prominent Catholic
politicians who echo the party line on abortion ?
Fluke, the Georgetown University law student who testified before Congress,
also addressed the DNC. She is indignant
that the Catholic institution she attends
won't pay for the contraception she needs as a single woman trying to
get through law school. And she is
perfectly right isn't she, going by modern de facto Catholic standards ? Yes,
there is still that piece of paper which says that the Catholic Church is
opposed to contraception. Does anyone
know in what file drawer it has been buried ?
President Obama was invited to speak at Notre Dame, some Catholics
protested. But most Catholics have no
problem with a pro abortion President being an honored speaker at a Catholic
institution. That illustrates the
challenge which the Church has flunked.
Has not even tried to meet.
Social, Not Political
real followers of Jesus are social,
but not political. They do not depend upon the government to
sponsor us. Christian society cannot be
established by the army or by the lawyers in the legislature. It does not rely upon the power of the people--that phantom moral majority. It does not
attempt to conscript the pagans to help build a Christian society. Or plead with them to vote the right way. It does
not follow the lead of those pseudo Christians who are obsessed with the
pursuit of political power.
belief that we can go along with the crowd without departing from Christian
morality is contrary to the gospel which tells us that many are called but few are chosen.
Strait is the gate and narrow the
path which leads to salvation. We
have to part company with those who
insist upon following that broad road
which goes some where else. Of course most
people believe in that broad road
because they don't have the Courage to take a stand in opposition to the
church itself--if it really was the Christian Church--is the Christian Society
we need. It is the church we need to
fix, not the State. The State can't be
fixed. In trying to make it Christian we only de-Christian
ourselves. We only fool ourselves
thinking that we can fool others, that we can somehow trick false Christians
and anti Christians into voting for Christian morality.
Christians themselves--all those who take the name Christian in vain--would live up to the Christian faith they
pretend to believe and the Christian morals they pretend to have, we would not
have to beg the Immoral Majority to pass laws which force us to do what we
won't do because the church has lost all of its internal discipline. They used to shun apostate Christians and excommunicate them--refuse to eat with
them. Just as the Quakers of 1776
excommunicated slave owners and slave traders.
Our spiritual impotence pushes us into a vain attempt to acquire the
political power to re-establish Christian morality in the law.
are still stuck with this ancient illusion that The Law can be Just and that it
can be effectively enforced. There is no
justice in the law and it cannot be enforced unless most of those affected keep
it voluntarily. The essential problem
with the Law is that good people don't need it and bad people won't heed
it. It didn't work for Israel and it
won't work for us. When America had
strict laws against abortion, abortion was common in America. It was kept out of sight.
laws produces a foolish complacency.
Marijuana is against the law so you don't have to worry about your kid
using it. The law does not allow people
to come to the United States unless they have gone through the proper
procedures. So you need not notice the
20 million illegal immigrants. Legally, they do not exist, so why worry
about them ?
not believe that Mitt Romney could have fixed the economy relying upon his
experience with Bain Capital. No more do
I believe that Barack Obama can fix it, relying upon a flood of federal
main benefit of Romney's failure to win is that it will force all the nominal
pro lifers to abandon the illusion that abortion is going to get stopped by the
man in the White House. If Romney had
been elected they would all have taken a moral vacation for another four
years. I did my duty. I voted. Now it is up to God and the President. We're back where we should be. It is up to Christians--real Christians, not
fake Christians--to stop abortion.
the killings in Connecticut
whole country expressed horror and grief when 28 persons, including 20 small
children were shot and killed in Connecticut on December 14th 2012. It was front page news of course and now
there will be a national debate on how to prevent such terrible things in the
future, by gun control or better mental health programs. Meanwhile, every day, far more than 20 pre
born children are killed by abortion in America. The newspaper doesn't mention it and there is
no discussion how to prevent it. Because
abortion is an integral part of the American lifestyle. And it is a national madness which
perpetuates it. Where could we find
asylum room for all the Americans who are crazy enough to put their own babies
in the trash ?
Finn says: It warn't the grounding--that didn't keep us back but a little. We blowed out a cylinder-head. Aunt Sally says: Good
gracious ! Anybody hurt ? No'm. Killed a nigger. Well, it's lucky; because sometimes people
do get hurt. Mark Twain satirizes
the attitudes of slavery times. Only a
non person was killed. It isn't
different today when we dehumanize the preborn child. Half of black pregnancies end in the trash
at Planned Parenthood. It is their
children killed in the Connecticut school produce national hand-wringing. But the daily toll of embryo children
dismembered and thrown in the trash bucket at Planned Parenthood are billed as Reproductive Health Care. President Obama addressed the nation with
genuine tears for the murdered children.
A few months earlier, the President of Planned Parenthood addressed the
Democratic National Convention as an honored guest. If the shooter had survived, would he have
been invited to address the next Democratic National Convention as an honored
guest ? Why the difference ? What sense does it make ?
There is nothing we will not do to
shield our children from harm the President said
in his 12-16-12 address. And also
nothing his administration will not do to protect abortion rights. We can't accept such events as routine
he said. But the nation now accepts as routine the daily toll of abortion.
they were led out of the school, the teachers and their students were told to
close their eyes so they would not have to see the carnage. Supposing the shooter had survived and been
captured inside the school, would he
have been given the same consideration--close
your eyes so you don't have to see the children you killed ? That is what most of the nation does now in
respect to abortion. Supposedly it is
reprehensible on our part to present people with the graphic truth of what they
have done--what they fully intend to keep on doing.
as people hang the flag in front of the grisly realities of war, they now hang
the Reproductive Health Care and Freedom of Choice banners in front of
the grisly reality of what takes place inside the abortuary. But, as Shakespeare said, Murder Will Out, though all the world
conspire to conceal it. They do conspire
to conceal it behind a fog of lying sophistry.
We must rely upon the Spirit of Truth to blow away that fog and tear
down that lying banner.
Building an Abortion Free Society
are commanded to love one another as I
have loved you and we are commanded to love
thy neighbor as thyself. We are even
commanded to love your enemies, do good
to those that hate you. And all of
those injunctions mandate a Christian Society.
None of those injunctions square with doing a deal with The World so we
can get hold of the police power and impose Christian morality by force of Law
upon the recalcitrant pagans. When
pseudo Christians get hold of that
power, it gets hold of them. They have
never yet succeeded in imposing Christian morality by The Law. What they arrive at instead is hypocrisy, the
legal pretence of morality.
is not always a simple and obvious answer as to how we can live in the World
while we refuse to conform to the World.
But it is obvious that Worldly Christians have betrayed Christian
Society. Have tried to replace it with Christendom--a society which pretends to
be Christian while it persists in pursuing wealth and political power, which
depends upon the Empire to enforce Christian morality. That is how we arrived at this morally
helpless version of Christianity which waits for the Government to bail us
out. It is not going to do it. Because it can't do it. Until we learn that lesson, the effort to
establish a Christian Society in America--a truly pro life society--is doomed to failure.
can build a Christian society which is free from abortion. But those who are obsessed with law and
politics, whose own ambitions constantly push them back into conventional
politics lead us in the wrong direction.
It is futile to try and impose Christian morality upon a society which
is not Christian. The false faith of the
Worldly Christians blinds them to this basic fact. It would be Satanic to try and do it by military
power--if we had military power. To try
and do it by popular vote is silly. The
whole enterprise has been a Ship of Fools first to last.
pro life movement is never going to get any where until we acknowledge that The
People are not on our side.
That the Immoral Majority must be confronted by the Courageous
Minority--that minority of real Christians who have the Spirit of Courage. And they must be confronted by the Spirit of
Truth. The faith that it can be done
some other way is a false faith, is a morally fatal illusion. We have to forget about voting and start fighting!
We have to fight the way that Jesus taught us. [ see The Spiritual Warfare of Jesus Christ ] We
need to escape from that fantasy land of the American Cult where the Worldly
Christians wander while they avoid the realities of our present situation and
their complicity in creating it.
clones of Jesus
are supposed to be clones of Jesus Christ.
What else can it mean in the gospel of John 20.21-22: Receive
the Holy Spirit . . . As my Father sent me, even so I send you ? The same doctrine was stated in John
17.18: As thou hast sent me into the world, even so have I also sent them into
the world. We are supposed to be
clones of Jesus and animated by His Holy Spirit. If we do not have that Spirit, we have no
business calling ourselves Christians.
we do have that Spirit, we have every reason to believe that we can replicate
that first Christian society which grew up around his followers. We don't need a blue print. We are promised that the Spirit will guide us
into all truth. ( John 16.13 )
James the head of the church in Jerusalem was martyred by the sword, the early
Christians began to take seriously the warning that Jesus had given and they
moved away from the nation which had doomed itself by its patriotic and worldly
faith. Most of the church was still
Jewish but they left Israel, taking their new faith with them to all parts of
the empire and well beyond it. They
escaped from the destruction of Jerusalem.
the gathering gloom of a waning empire they kept alive the bright hope of the
Kingdom of God on earth. They built a
truly Christian society in the moral and spiritual ruins of the great empire of
this world. So can we.
pro life nonviolent
action 1526 East 35th Ave. Denver Colo.
mouth for the
speechless, In the
cause of all
who are appointed
Open your mouth, judge righteously, and plead the cause of the poor and needy. Proverbs 31.8-9 (nKJ)
For this cause came I
into the world, that I should bear witness unto the truth. John 18.37
Inasmuch as ye have
done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me. Matthew 25.40
Thursday, March 14th 2013
on your election. It's a tough job but
you can do it, with God's help.
enclose a copy of Los Primeros Nueve
Meses, which is the best pro life leaflet.
It was published in several European languages. The Russian version and the English version
are posted on my web site, www.radicalchristianpress.org,
on the page called The First Nine Months.
Counsellors are well aware that getting a woman to go to an alternatives center
for a free ultrasound can be the clincher in turning her away from having the
abortion. But it is sometimes hit or
miss as to whether we can find a free ultrasound on that particular day. They aren't open, or they don't have an
operator etc. the
first nine months is in effect a generic ultrasound--in color ! It costs 25c.
It is portable. You can hand it
have had a daily pro life witness and Sidewalk
Counseling effort in front of the Planned Parenthood abortuary here in
Denver since 1989. There is an account
of it in the first 16 pages of my Letter
to the Bishops posted on the www.radicalchristianpress.org
web site. Standing out there watching
teen aged customers roll into the abortuary,
I figured out after a while that, along with the last minute effort to
head them off, it made sense to try and give her an alternatives flyer and a copy of The First Nine Months before she made the abortion appointment and even
before she found out she was pregnant.
is a major moral disgrace that what pretends to be a pro life movement has
never yet carried out a mass distribution,
person to person, of The First
Nine Months / Los
Primeros Nueve Meses. That is one of
the obvious things we could and should do when and if we ever get serious about
stopping abortion. It is the 14-18 year
old girls, and their boy friends, and their parents who need to get it. All those who vote for abortion with their
feet by walking into Planned Parenthood.
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 8 weeks
gestation already looks suspiciously like a baby--A person's a person, no matter how small. It has 7 pictures which chart the development
of the embryo child. And each one is
worth 1000 words. The only change I
would make in this leaflet is to impose a picture of a Roosevelt dime on the
page 8 photo of the 8 week old embryo as is done on the Human Life
International before and after card
so that it clearly shows the actual size.
Focus on the Family stopped printing it in this handy format, which is perfect
for handing out on the sidewalk to abortion customers, to high school students
etc. And you can mail it in a standard
envelope for one stamp. They still
produce a larger version for Alternative Pregnancy Centers which is too large
and expensive and clumsy for general distribution.
Catholic Church should lead the way in reprinting and distributing The First Nine Months / Los Primeros Nueve Meses to Catholics through schools and churches, to
non Catholics by cooperative arrangements with other churches, and to the
general public by volunteers getting out there on the sidewalk in front of high
schools, grocery stores and at shopping malls.
It is basic bearing witness to the
truth person to person. When people
find the courage to undertake such witness,
it regenerates the Spirit of Courage and renews the church.
Good Luck to You in your New Job Terry
pro life nonviolent
action 1526 East 35th Ave. Denver Colo.
Sullivan web site: www.radicalchristianpress.org
mouth for the
speechless, In the
cause of all
who are appointed
Open your mouth, judge righteously, and plead the cause of the poor and needy. Proverbs 31.8-9 (nKJ)
For this cause came I
into the world, that I should bear witness unto the truth. John 18.37
Inasmuch as ye have
done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me. Matthew 25.40
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Denver CO 80210
March 17th 2013
Johnson still thinks it is wrong for anti abortion protestors to use horrible graphics even though she admits
that it was looking at an abortion on ultrasound which made her quit the
abortion business. Without that horrible graphic, she would still be
working at Planned Parenthood, despite all the prayers aimed at her.
have a serious moral obligation to Bear
Witness to the horrible truth about abortion by bringing it out on the public sidewalk. It is the concealment of the truth about
abortion which keeps Planned Parenthood in business--it's just fetal tissue. Abby
Johnson was part of that concealment and still does not recognize that abortion
bound women need to see just what she
saw. If all you do is pray, you are
complicit with that concealment.
Bereit claims that 40 Days for Life
has prevented 7000 abortions by
people just praying. A nice round
number. How about an illustration or two
as to how this is supposed to work--I was
on my way into Planned Parenthood to have an abortion when I heard someone 300
yards away quietly praying. That is when
I knew I couldn't do it . . . 2. Mary
was standing right in front of me with signs saying Don't Do It ! Let
Your Baby Live ! conjured up by all the prayers . . .
counselling is the
effective way to turn women away from abortion, as we have proven over the 24
years of our daily effort in front of the Planned Parenthood abortuary here in
Denver. At 20th and Vine we averaged two
babies a week saved by using graphic displays, handing out Alternatives leaflets, talking quietly to customers, when we got
the chance, and calling out to them when that was the only way to
communicate. We have the pictures to
prove it. On December 26th 1999, three
babies were born on the same day to three different women we had Sidewalk
Counselled at 20th and Vine.
is wonderful, I suppose that people who never came out before are actually
coming out in front of the abortuary on one of those special 80 days a year,
even if they won't do anything except pray.
What is supposed to happen on the other 285 days of the year ? The abortion bound babies are on their own ? How about passing out pro life leaflets and Alternatives leaflets on some of those
days ? Does that violate the rule of All You Should Do is Pray ? Even if you balk at handing out graphic abortion leaflets, there are positivegraphic leaflets like The
First Nine Months [ the Spanish
language version is Los Primeros Nueve
Meses ] which simply show the reality of the developing embryo child by the
wonderful Lennart Nilsson fiber optic
counsellors are well
aware that getting a woman to go to an alternatives center for a free
ultrasound can be the clincher in turning her away from having the
abortion. But it is sometimes hit or
miss as to whether we can find a free ultrasound on that particular day. They aren't open, or they don't have an
operator etc. the
first nine months is in effect a generic ultrasound--in color ! It costs 25c.
It is portable. And you don't
have to wait until they are on the way into the abortuary. You can hand it out in front of high schools
and other places before they even make
calls us to Bear Witness to the truth
about abortion and gives us his Spirit and his Mission. John 20.21-22 and 18.37. We have no right to reverse that by calling
upon Him to do what we are too chicken to do.
There is no power of prayer
in idle words used as the excuse for refusing to Bear Witness. Just
Pray gives people the excuse for their lack of that Holy Spirit of Courage which is necessary to
confront abortion. It is superstitious
silliness, a doctrine born of Quietism. It cripples what pretends to be a serious pro
life effort. As James 2.17 tells us. Faith without works is dead.
For some reason the rest of this letter turned into italic type; I have been calling Microsoft to try and get it fixed.
you can read the rest of it in the document version: