Friday, April 04, 2008

Senator Obama: children as a punishment?

Children Are A Gift From God
by Sandra Tolson

God sent me three packages
That needed special care
"Take care of these tiny gifts
For they are very rare."
"Watch over them with all your love
And let them feel your touch
Take care of their every need
For you are needed very much."
"These gifts will grow up very fast
As you soon will see
Love them with all your heart
And let them be what they will be."
"When these gifts have fully grown
Look at Heaven up above
Know they exist because of God
And all his precious love."

In his Encyclical Letter Centesimus Annus, Pope John Paul II reminded us that:

"The first and fundamental structure for "human ecology" is the family, in which man receives his first formative ideas about truth and goodness, and learns what it means to love and to be loved, and thus what it actually means to be a person. Here we mean the family founded on marriage, in which the mutual gift of self by husband and wife creates an environment in which children can be born and develop their potentialities, become aware of their dignity and prepare to face their unique and individual destiny. But it often happens that people are discouraged from creating the proper conditions for human reproduction and are led to consider themselves and their lives as a series of sensations to be experienced rather than as a work to be accomplished.

The result is a lack of freedom, which causes a person to reject a commitment to enter into a stable relationship with another person and to bring children into the world, or which leads people to consider children as one of the many "things" which an individual can have or not have, according to taste, and which compete with other possibilities.

It is necessary to go back to seeing the family as the sanctuary of life. The family is indeed sacred: it is the place in which life — the gift of God — can be properly welcomed and protected against the many attacks to which it is exposed, and can develop in accordance with what constitutes authentic human growth. In the face of the so-called culture of death, the family is the heart of the culture of life." (CA, No. 39).

Does Senator Obama view the family as the sanctuary of life? It would seem that he does not. Let's all pray that the Senator will come to view each and every child (born and unborn) as a gift from God and not as some sort of curse or "punishment." A child is not a "thing" which may be disposed of because he or she is deemed "inconvenient" or "intrusive."
Wisdom from Dr. Peter Kreeft:


John Ansley said...

Before the Nazis could begin their genocidal campaign of destruction, their "Final Solution," a mass-killing programme to eradicate the Jewish People (and Catholics and others who were viewed as disposable), it was necessary to "legitimize" the murders by objectifying the victims. Jews for example were portrayed as rats emerging from a sewer.

This is precisely what Senator Obama is attempting to do. By objectifying unborn children as being merely the unwanted consequence of a mistake, he is denying their humanity.

Truly demonic.

Sanctus Belle said...

These little "mispoken" off the cuff remarks can be just that - BUT they can also be telling windows into the souls of those who utter things such as Obama did here. But we need to look no further than his voting record.

Michael Cole said...

His attitude is really that of the Democratic Party. He might be the only one who has verbalized this particular belief, but it is part and parcel of the anti-life ideology of the Democratic Party.

This is why Catholics (and other Christians who are serious about their faith) cannot vote in good conscience for a Democratic candidate.

We live in a strange (and spiritually sick) world when the SPLC interprets principled opposition to homosexuality as "hate" but not the ideology which leads to the killing of the unborn.

Mass Resistance doesn't advocate violence against homosexual persons. Pro-abortion ideologists advocate the murder of innocent children in the womb.

Paul Anthony Melanson said...

Sanctus, well said. And that voting record may be found at Priests for Life. The link to their website is on my Blog's sidebar.

John and Michael, excellent points. It is not without reason that the Democratic Party is fracturing. As people are educated about abortion, more and more of them will abandon the Democratic Party. This fact is explained in detail in Dr. David Carlin's book "Can a Catholic Be a Democrat?: How the Party I Loved Became the Enemy of My Religion." The book is published by Sophia Institute Press.

Ryan said...

Ever since the Clinton years, I have refused to vote for culture of death politicians. I will never again vote for a liberal Democrat, which is pretty much most of them, until the party drops its radical abortion agenda and same-sex marriage platform. As far as I'm concerned, the democratic party is anti-God/anti-family/anti-life.

Nancy said...

I will never vote for Obama or Clinton or any other Democratic candidate because of their pro-abortion stance. Even if I agree with them on all other issues. Abortion is the most important issue of our time. Not the economy, not the war. These are important. But abortion is much more important.

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