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American Right to Life issued a press release while I was on vacation, reprinted in full on page 2, upon the demise of Mitt Romney’s presidential candidacy….


The 2nd paragraph of the release was interesting, chronicling what appears to be a closing chapter of religious conservatism in politics. (That said, I’d like to see corroboration – scan of book pages – of Graham’s faulty view of abortion. And what did ARTL mean about the moral majority being deceased?) Here ’tis:

The American RTL website states: “The Rev. Jerry Falwell has gone to be with the Lord, and his Moral Majority is deceased. The beloved D. James Kennedy has passed away, as did his Center for Reclaiming America. The Christian Coalition is long dead, and its founder Pat Robertson, who defended China’s forced abortion on CNN and endorsed pro-abortion Rudi Giuliani, is also dead though not physically but morally. Billy Graham at his last crusade and under no duress said positively that Hillary Clinton could run the country, and his own Christian Workers Handbook stated in 2001 that ‘sincere Christians’ may justify abortion when ‘the unborn child has severe abnormalities’ and in the 1997 edition: ‘We should accept abortion in these cases: rape or incest…’ This lie is the perverse foundation of the abortion industry and violates God’s direct command to never punish a child for his father’s crime (Ezekiel 18:20).”

A generation’s passing naturally leads to a changing of the guard, but as for religious conservatives, the new guard hasn’t jelled yet. There is a void, and I am concerned pastors like Rick Warren will fill it. He welcomes heretics like Hillary and Obama into his pulpit and naively thinks we can all work together. I’ve previously explained why this won’t work.
ARTL thinks it represents the new pro-life guard, both religiously and politically. Its press release castigates National Right to Life and certain political conservatives.
slash%20and%20burn.jpgThe problem with ARTL is it doesn’t inspire. Its press release is indicative of its personality. Its focus is on slashing and burning our side. It only states who it opposes, not supports. ARTL also has a history of attacking motivations, a task I believe left strictly to the Lord, the real meaning of “judge not lest ye be judged.” We are called to discern actions as good or bad, but not hearts.
I expect ARTL thinks it must clean house, or even tear down the house and rebuild. I agree certain leaders in the movement need replacing. I agree organizational philosophies should be critically examined to ensure they have not been compromised over these 35 battle-filled years.
But I disagree that there is only one way to win the war against abortion – ARTL’s way or the highway.
And I think there is something wrong with an organization that focuses its wrath on its own side, not the other.
Read ARTL’s press release, below.
[HT: proofreader Angela]
For Immediate Release: February 7, 2008
Romney Exit to Transform Pro-life Endorsements
‘Old Guard’ Leaders’ Candidates Fail

“National Right To Life had endorsed two candidates, Mitt Romney and Fred Thompson,” said Steve Curtis, president of the alternative American Right To Life Action. “Thompson, who opposes a human life amendment, withdrew on the anniversary of Roe v. Wade, and Romney withdrew on the opening day of CPAC” (Conservative Political Action Conference). “The partisan, old guard pro-life leaders like Paul Weyrich, Bob Jones, National RTL’s political architect James Bopp, and Jay Sekulow, all of whom endorsed pro-abortion Romney,” said Curtis, “are thankfully losing their influence among those committed to pro-family issues.”
The American RTL website states: “The Rev. Jerry Falwell has gone to be with the Lord, and his Moral Majority is deceased. The beloved D. James Kennedy has passed away, as did his Center for Reclaiming America. The Christian Coalition is long dead, and its founder Pat Robertson, who defended China’s forced abortion on CNN and endorsed pro-abortion Rudi Giuliani, is also dead though not physically but morally. Billy Graham at his last crusade and under no duress said positively that Hillary Clinton could run the country, and his own Christian Workers Handbook stated in 2001 that ‘sincere Christians’ may justify abortion when ‘the unborn child has severe abnormalities’ and in the 1997 edition: ‘We should accept abortion in these cases: rape or incest…’ This lie is the perverse foundation of the abortion industry and violates God’s direct command to never punish a child for his father’s crime (Ezekiel 18:20).”
ARTLaction.com continues: “Focus on the Family’s Dr. James Dobson made a pledge to God which prohibits him from supporting the presumptive Republican presidential nominee, John McCain, saying, ‘for the rest of my life, however long God lets me live on this earth, I will never cast one vote for any man or woman who would kill one innocent baby.’ Ann Coulter described the aggressively pro-abortion Romney as ‘manifestly the best candidate’ and instead of correcting the obvious campaign deceit, she mouthed the candidate’s own sound bite, that ‘Romney governed as a pro-lifer.’ That is a provable lie. By Romney’s own signature written in 2006, two years after his politically-calculated ‘pro-life’ conversion, he allocated tax dollars to murder unborn children in Massachusetts .”
“Our new political 527 group, American RTL Action targeted pro-abortion Romney in the early contest states of Iowa , South Carolina , and Florida ,” said the group’s vice president, Columbine dad Brian Rohrbough. “ABC News, Fox News, FNC’s Hannity and Colmes, and a hundred other articles and blogs disseminated our proof of Romney’s recent pro-abortion actions and the New York Times placed our American RTL logo atop their article about Romney’s impending campaign demise. So we thank the pro-lifers who refused to vote for a known pro-abortion candidate even though they were being lied to by the ‘old guard pro-lifers.’”
“No longer will National RTL be able to give fraudulent ’100% pro-life’ ratings to Republican pro-choice candidates without being exposed nationally,” said Curtis, former chairman of the Colorado state Republican Party. “American Right To Life has Jesus Christ as our authority, not the situational ethicists, legal positivist lawyers and moral relativists of the pro-life industry at National Right To Life.”

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