“There are some folks out there who are, frankly, bearing false witness.” – President Barack Obama
The above quote was made during the recent healthcare debate. Opponents of the bill were claiming, among other things, that the bill would cover public funding of abortion. Now, the president’s comments were made while legislation was still being crafted. However, in the final Senate bill contained a provision for exactly this. So great was the concern over such public funding of abortion that some 13 democratic Congressmen objected to the proposed Senate healthcare overhaul plan on this provision alone. The “Stupak 13” as they were called, after their leader, Michigan Congressman Bart Stupak, were pro-life democrats who wanted no part of public funding of abortion.
Now, I think there was an intent to try to work around the issue, but the election of Scott Brown in January of 2010 threw that out the window. You see, the House bill could no longer pass in the Senate due to a GOP filibuster. The Senate bill could not pass the House due to the Stupak 13 holdouts. What to do? Well, one could have started over and crafted a bill that would garner support. It’s easy enough to pick off Olympia Snowe or Susan Collins if you need to break a filibuster. No, that’s not what the president wanted. The whole thing faced potential collapse if it didn’t pass then, so they had to move ahead.
So how do we get by the Stupak 13 issue. Well, two things. First, we send a bribe to Bart Stupak’s interests (on the order of $725,000). Next, the president signs an executive order banning taxpayer funded abortion. That’s right, it’s in writing, no-taxpayer-funded-abortion. (Now, if you’re paying attention you’ll say “what does an executive order mean in the presence of legislation?” – exactly, it means nothing, the law is the law.)
This week it began. Pennsylvania just took $160 million from the Federal government to provide a high-risk insurance pool that covers abortion. Taxpayer funded abortion (and elective abortion at that). New Mexico is heading down the same path and I suspect more states will follow.
Allow me to launch into a bit of a diatribe, will you.
The “false witness” quote is generally taken from here: “You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor” – Exodus 20:16. Now, this clearly has some implications for court proceedings – does it apply broadly to political debate? How about this one to deal with lying in general (Jesus speaking to the pharisees): “You are of your father the devil, and your will is to do your father’s desires. He was a murderer from the beginning, and has nothing to do with the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he lies, he speaks out of his own character, for he is a liar and the father of lies.” – John 8:44.
Or how about this, you who accuse the brethren of bearing false witness though they spoke the truth: “For with the judgment you pronounce you will be judged, and with the measure you use it will be measured to you” – Matt 7:12. “I tell you, on the day of judgment people will give account for every careless word they speak, for by your words you will be justified, and by your words you will be condemned” – Matt 12:36-37.
And what of these little ones who face continued slaughter? “See that you do not despise one of these little ones. For I tell you that in heaven their angels always see the face of my Father who is in heaven” – Matt 18:10. Or what about this recollection of John the Baptist still in utero when Mary visited Elizabeth: “For behold, when the sound of your greeting came to my ears, the baby in my womb leaped for joy” – Luke 1:44.
As for the slaughter, it is not new to our times. He said “You shall not give any of your children to offer them to Molech, and so profane the name of your God: I am the LORD” – Lev 18:21. But alas, “They built the high places of Baal in the Valley of the Son of Hinnom, to offer up their sons and daughters to Molech, though I did not command them, nor did it enter into my mind, that they should do this abomination, to cause Judah to sin.” – Jeremiah 32:35.
Here’s one for you: “Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing but inwardly are ravenous wolves. You will recognize them by their fruits. Are grapes gathered from thornbushes, or figs from thistles?” – Matt 7:15-16
What is my point in all of this? Is it that president Obama is a liar? He’s a politician isn’t he? Why should this surprise us. Is it that there is now public funding of abortion? No, I hold that there has been public funding for abortion for quite some time. (Money is fungible. When we fund planned parenthood, who performs abortions, we are funding abortion. The argument of “they don’t use taxpayer funds for that” doesn’t wash – sure they do. The funding allows them to direct all donations to the slaughter … public funding of abortion.)
No, my point is simpler. A “committed Christian” ought to have known these things.
As for me, I know a few other things as well. First, I believe this evil will be rolled back. “In just a little while, the wicked will be no more; though you look carefully at his place, he will not be there. But the meek shall inherit the land and delight themselves in abundant peace. The wicked plots against the righteous and gnashes his teeth at him, but the Lord laughs at the wicked, for he sees that his day is coming.” – Psalm 37:10-13
“As for me, I know that my Redeemer lives, And at the last He will take His stand on the earth” – Job 19:25.