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Yesterday, White House press secretary Josh Earnest, when asked about President
Obama's reaction to the series of undercover videos released by the
Center for Medical Progress in which Planned Parenthood officials
discuss selling fetal organs for profit, "said the videos were released
in a 'fraudulent way' with 'not a lot of evidence' behind them." (The
entire press conference can be viewed on the C-SPAN site.) Earnest stated:
is ample reason to think that this is merely the tried and true tactic
that we’ve seen from extremists on the right to edit this video and
selectively release this edited version of the video that grossly
distorts the position of the person that’s actually speaking...
clearly indicated that his talking points were coming from Planned
Parenthood, admitting, "I’m merely repeating what I’ve seen that they
[Planned Parenthood] have said..." He then offered the defense that "any
review of the policy that Planned Parenthood says they implement
indicates that the views expressed in the videos isor at least the way
they are depicted on the videosis entirely inaccurate. ... But for
those policies and for the way that Planned Parenthood implements them,
I'd encourage you to contact Planned Parenthood." In other words,
there's nothing to see heremove along!
"The President," he
added in a defiant shout out to pro-abortion supporters, "certainly will not
support another effort by Republicans to try to defund an organization
that offers important and needed healthcare services to women across the
country." I wonder: is there any institution in the U.S., at this very
moment, that enjoys greater support and cover from the President of the
United States than does Planned Parenthood? While Obama has wavered and
flopped on many issues during his time office, he has held fast to the
pro-abortion faith, even if he has long insisted that no one is really pro-abortion.
you do a search for "Obama" and "extremists" you'll find that the POTUS
often uses the term "extremists" to identify terrorists who have
apparently "twisted" and distorted the teachings of true Islam. For
example, in a February 17, 2015 op-ed in the LA Times, Obama wrote:
like al Qaeda and ISIL promote a twisted interpretation of religion
that is rejected by the overwhelming majority of the world's Muslims.
The world must continue to lift up the voices of Muslim clerics and
scholars who teach the true peaceful nature of Islam. We can echo the
testimonies of former extremists who know how terrorists betray Islam.
We can help Muslim entrepreneurs and youths work with the private sector
to develop social media tools to counter extremist narratives on the
He even stated that such "violent extremists"who,
again, have nothing to do, he says, with "the true peaceful nature of
Islam"have authentic, legitimate gripes:
that deny human rights play into the hands of extremists who claim that
violence is the only way to achieve change. Efforts to counter violent
extremism will only succeed if citizens can address legitimate
grievances through the democratic process and express themselves through
strong civil societies. Those efforts must be matched by economic,
educational and entrepreneurial development so people have hope for a
life of dignity.
But what of the "extremists on the right"? Be
assured, first, that Earnest's use of such language is a direct
reflection of what his boss thinks and says. Obama really does think
that those who oppose abortion and Planned Parenthoodthe high church of
abortionare extremists. And he is happy to identify them with "the
right", that is, with any movement, group, or institution that actually
works against abortion and "reproductive health" (of course, he
identifies himself as "pro-choice", which I covered in detail years ago).
what about David Daleiden, the 26-year-old executive director of the
Center for Medical Progress (CMP), the pro-life nonprofit that produced
the now viral videos? In a newly posted interview with Christianity Today, Daleiden says the following:
What are your personal beliefs and how do they inform the work you do?
am Catholic, and I am a really big fan of Pope Francis. He has been a
huge inspiration to me over the past couple of years, especially while
doing this project.
Pope Francis’s emphasis on not being closed
in on yourself but always moving forward and always being willing to go
out towards the margins of human experiencein order to bring the gospel
to those marginswas a huge inspiration to me during this project. I
don’t think there’s any place more on the existential margins of society
than an abortion clinic.
I think that when you have a place like
an abortion clinicwhich is a place where children are killed on an
industrial scalethere is almost a sacramental value in bringing a
presence to those places. We were there for good, out of love, and to
welcome those children for the brief time that they will be in existence
before they die. And to be in contact with and pray for all the
abortion workers, the abortion doctors who are there.
Christian you are part of the body of Christ. So your presence, even in
those darkest of places, can bring the presence of Jesus.
Read the entire interview.
I'm sure Daleiden will be raked over the coals by many, including the
usual Catholic suspects, for his reference to Pope Francis. But, really,
if selling the body parts of murdered babies isn't the epitome of the
"throwaway culture" so often denounced by the Holy Father, what is? And what of the fact that most abortions are obtained by minority women who often cite economic reasons and social pressures for their decision to terminate their pregnancies?
strongest opposition to abortion in the U.S. comes from the Catholic
Church and various Evangelical and Pentecostal Protestant groups; in
other words, from Christians. So, in sum, the POTUS's spokesman is
insinuating that those who fight abortion, however peacefully, are
"extremists". Meanwhile, Obamawho often references his Christian
faithhas continually paid homage to the violent, bloody institution so
ridiculously called "Planned Parenthood", going so far as to enthusiastically tell the group, in an April 2013 speech: "Thank you Planned Parenthood. God bless you."
exactly, is involved in the work of gross distortion? Who, really, is offering a twisted interpretation of their religion? Who,
truly, is fighting "so people have hope for a life of dignity"? Who, in
fact, is addressing legitimate grievances against human rights?
Obama, in his February
op-ed, stated: "Our campaign to prevent people around the world from
being radicalized to violence is ultimately a battle for hearts and
minds." That's laudable, of course, But the fight for life in this
country is aimed at preventing people and institutions from being
radicalized to violence against the most vulnerable and innocent among
usthe children in the womb. It is a real battle for hearts, minds, and
souls. However, it isn't being carried out with bombs and acts of
terrorism, as Islamic extremists are wont to employ, but with facts,
truth, and light.
"In a frail human being," Pope Francis told a group of Catholic gynecologists in September 2013, "each
one of us is invited to recognize the face of the Lord, who in his
human flesh experienced the indifference and solitude to which we so
often condemn the poorest of the poor, whether in developing countries
or in wealthy societies. Every child who rather than being born, is
condemned unjustly to being aborted, bears the face of Jesus Christ,
bears the face of the Lord, who even before he was born, and then just
after birth, experienced the world's rejection."
Tell me, again: who are
the real extremists?