Posts Tagged ‘Pro-Life’

McDonnell Stands Firm on Obama Degree

The RTD is reporting that Bob McDonnell, a graduate of Norte Dame himself, is opposed to the University awarding a degree to President Obama. He does not, however, believe ND should revoke its invitation for the President to speak.

McDonnell, an alumnus of the Catholic university in Indiana, said “a number of [Obama’s] views, both private and public, appear to be in great conflict with the Catholic social teaching.”


“Conferring a degree confers certainly an imprimatur, or an approval, of those views,” McDonnell said on the WTOP radio show. “So I don’t think so, if it’s a uniquely Catholic university like a Georgetown or a Boston College or a Notre Dame.”

I agree with Bob. Universities who choose to hand out honorary degrees should do so with an eye towards the values that those degrees represent. Indeed, such is the case with those universities who do not award them (such as my alma mater the University of Virginia), who believe that their degrees are only to be rewarded to those who show their academic worth. Indeed, this is echoed in the context the University provides for its mission statement:

This statement speaks of the University of Notre Dame as a place of teaching and research, of scholarship and publication, of service and community. These components flow from three characteristics of Roman Catholicism that image Jesus Christ, his Gospel, and his Spirit. A sacramental vision encounters God in the whole of creation. In and through the visible world in which we live, we come to know and experience the invisible God. In mediation the Catholic vision perceives God not only present in but working through persons, events, and material things. There is an intelligibility and a coherence to all reality, discoverable through spirit, mind, and imagination. God’s grace prompts human activity to assist the world in creating justice grounded in love. God’s way to us comes as communion, through the communities in which men and women live. This community includes the many theological traditions, liturgies, and spiritualities that fashion the life of the Church. The emphasis on community in Catholicism explains why Notre Dame historically has fostered familial bonds in its institutional life.

Certainly, I think it would be in bad taste for the University to retract its invitation for the President to speak–indeed, it would be against its other stated value of academic freedom. However, as a Catholic institution, respect for the church’s teachings is paramount, and to offer an honorary degree to an individual who has repeatedly and openly stated opposition to the church’s core teaching of the sanctity of life should not receieve such a degree.

I think some commentators (particularly ones on the other side of the aisle) will point to this as an a-ha moment, purporting that they’ve caught McDonnell in a lie about his “true nature.” However, I think all this moment shows is further proof of McDonnell’s leadership style: pragmatic solutions that never betray core values.

She’s Still Got It!

April 21, 2009 1 comment

Despite a string of bad publicity, communications misfires, and poltical problems back home, Sarah Palin still proves she can put meat in the seats. From Politico:

Far from her home state and the controversy she left behind, Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin traveled to Indiana on Thursday and reminded Republicans why she remains a party heavyweight and a top prospective presidential candidate in 2012.

Palin drew approximately 3,000 people to the Vanderburgh County Right to Life fundraising dinner in Evansville, an annual banquet that typically attracts some of the GOP’s top national talent. Her sold-out appearance in a local exhibition hall prompted organizers to set up a paid closed-circuit broadcast at a nearby auditorium for a large spillover crowd and led local authorities to close down nearby streets.

It’s clear that Palin continues to have a great amount of star appeal, at least amongst social conservatives. However, some signs point to waning influence for social conservatives within the party, meaning that her fiscal credentials will need to be just as strong in the coming years. The million dollar question: Can Palin turn this into real political capital ahead of 2012, or is she destined to become a darling of thc conservative rubber chicken circuit?

Obama Not Uniting on Abortion

February 3, 2009 Leave a comment

Gallup has found that while Obama is earning high public approval on most of his early policies, one move is not seeing much public support. From Mark D. Harris:

Gallup just finished polling on some of Obama’s initial decisions and there is a seriously weak link in his armor: abortion. Only 35% of Americans approve of his decision to revoke the Mexico City policy banning taxpayer funding for abortion supporting organizations abroad. 58% of Americans disapprove of the decision. That -23% split is tremendous and one that Republicans should talk about, because almost regardless of what ones view on abortion only the most hard pro-chocie people support taxpayer dollars going to the organizations.

This is one of those perfect issues that lies at the intersection of social and fiscal conservatism. The United States does not have any responsibility to pay for family planning services for the citizens of other nations. Just another instance of how greatly our government has expanded with very few people noticing.

Simply Powerful

January 30, 2009 Leave a comment

I have never seen a more elegant message about the potential of every unborn life. Too often pro-life supporters venture into the grotesque to get their point across. Here the point is crystal clear but simple: regardless of the circumstances, each life has great potential and is thus precious and worthy of the highest order of protection.

This ad was slated to air during the Super Bowl, but NBC refused, as was within their right. However, we still have the internet. Spread this far and wide. 

Political Vandalism at GWU

January 29, 2009 1 comment

From the campus of George Washington University in Washington, DC, word that a College Democrat has been engaged in less than respectful opposition to his opponent’s message. From the Hatchet:


A number of crosses used by the Young America’s Foundation during a anti-abortion event last week were desecrated and left in a Marvin Center office, and a member of the College Democrats has taken responsibility.

Members of the College Republicans found the crosses on Monday morning scattered around the office they share with the College Democrats. One was pinned upside down on a bulletin board and draped with a condom, another featured a drawing of Jesus along with the words “pwned” and “lol,” and others were emblazoned with words like “Darwin” and “Amelia West,” the vice president of the CDs.

A CD statement Thursday morning said a member of their organization had stepped forward and apologized for the vandalism. The perpetrator was not named.

Surely there must have been more civil and respectful ways of showing opposition to the message of YAF? Kudos to the College Democrats for distancing themselves from the individual members and apologizing on their behalf.

Pro-Life Democrats=Dinosaurs

January 28, 2009 Leave a comment

Today the Senate voted on an Amendment that would have overturned President Obama’s recent decision to overturn the Mexico City policy. For the uninitiated, the Mexico City policy prohibits taxpayer money from being used to fund groups that perform or recommend abortions overseas. The vote was largely along party lines, with the remaining Northeastern Republicans (and Lisa Murkowski) voting against the amendment and only one Dem voting for it. With the Senate in Democratic hands, the outcome was largely expected.

So why is it important? Because at least one of the “nay” voters actively campaigned as a pro-life Democrat against an extremely pro-life Republican. From RedState, discussion of the fallacy of the pro-life Democrat:

Bob Casey Jr. ran for the Senate seat he currently occupies as an ostensible pro-lifer, just like his dearly-departed and still popular father. Sadly, judging by the election results, many pro-life voters in Pennsylvania believed his rhetoric. Today, Bob Casey Jr. voted against the Mexico City policy on the floor of the Senate, indicating clearly that he is not only pro-abortion, he is pro-government funding of abortion. It’s a helpful reminder, for the 1,000th time, that the “pro-life Democrat” really is a mythical creature, at least in the Senate and the White House.

It seems like every election season, this lesson is forgotten, no matter how many times the Democrats drive it home. To express this axiom somewhat mathematically, as a Democratic politician’s career rises towards President, the probability that he will actually vote pro-life approaches zero. Many prominent Democratic politicians (Al Gore, Jesse Jackson, Dick Gephardt) really do begin life as pro-lifers, but by the time they reach the Senate (and definitely by the time they run for President), they are invariably ardent pro-abortionists with their votes (even if, like Harry Reid, they prefer to say in public that they are pro-life). As we move forward in time from the date when the question of abortion was forcibly removed from the democratic process by the Supreme Court, the Democratic party has ever more successfully enforced pro-abortion orthodoxy upon those who hold offices involved with the selection of Supreme Court justices – i.e., Presidents and Senators.

It should be noted that Ben Nelson of Nebraska did support the amendment. Still, I can’t see how anyone could fathom to call themselves pro-life when they would support a policy that doesn’t just assert the right of a woman to get an abortion but allows taxpayer dollars to be used for them overseas. This outcome proves once again that the Democratic Party is institutionally pro-abortion, even more so than the Republican Party is pro-life.

First things first: Obama reverses abortion policies

January 23, 2009 2 comments

A day after President Obama issued a statement in support of abortion rights while thousands his fellow citizens rallied for the pro-life position just miles away, the President lifted a ban on funding for international groups that perform or promote abortions. From FoxNews:

The move, long expected in the Democratic president’s first week in office, will be welcomed by liberals and criticized by abortion rights foes.

The so-called Mexico City policy requires any non-governmental organization to agree before receiving U.S. funds that they will “neither perform nor actively promote abortion as a method of family planning in other nations.”

It is also known as the “global gag rule,” because it prohibits taxpayer funding for groups that even talk about abortion if there is an unplanned pregnancy.

The policy was first instituted by President Ronald Reagan in 1984 and continued by President George H.W. Bush. The policy was reversed by President Bill Clinton in 1993, and re-instated by President George W. Bush in 2001.

President Obama has promised to blaze a new path forward on many issues, but he is quickly making it clear (as he did during the campaign) that he is a rank and file social liberal. Social conservatives will react accordingly. Regardless of Obama’s victory, I think we will see that America remains a divided nation on many of these issues. 

And the culture wars rage on.