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Pro-choice supporters protest in front of the Alabama State House in Montgomery on May 14, 2019.
REUTERS/Chris Aluka Berry

“What angers me about the GOP’s attempts to turn the United States into a far-right Christian theocracy is how dishonest they are about it. At least be forthright about your desire to subvert and dismantle our democracy into a creepy theological order led by a mad king.”

    – Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, (D) New York, Twitter, 5/17/19

It seems as if America is on course for an abortion show down. A sort of Roe v. Wade version of pistols at noon.

In January of this year, the first shot in the latest iteration of the ongoing abortion war fired by the New York State Legislature when it passed the Reproductive Health Act (RHA). If ever a bill was fast tracked, this one certainly was. According to Wikipedia, the bill was introduced into the New York State Legislature on January 9, 2019, passed by both houses on January 22, and signed into law by Governor Andrew Cuomo that same evening.

The RHA, widely considered the nation’s most liberal abortion law, changed New York’s abortion laws in the following ways:

  • Removed abortion from the state’s criminal code
  • Allows medical professionals who are not doctors to perform abortions
  • To the states statue allowing abortion in the third trimester if the mother’s health is threatened, the bill adds language permitting abortion in the third trimester if the fetus in not viable

In Virginia, a bill was introduced earlier this year that would have greatly liberalized abortion in that state. When asked in a radio interview about the whether the bill would allow a fetus surviving abortion to be killed, Governor Ralph Northam created a major controversy with his answer that lent support to allowing such an infant to die.

In sharp contrast to New York and Governor Northam, just this week the Alabama State Legislature passed, and the governor signed, what is viewed as the nation’s most restrictive abortion law. The Alabama law makes it a felony offense for doctors to perform or attempt to perform an abortion, allows no exceptions for rape of incest, but does permit abortions in the event the mother’s life is at risk.

But while Alabama’s law is the most restrictive state-level abortion statute, other states have recently enacted legislation that will have the effect of significantly reducing abortions. In 2019 five states – Georgia, Kentucky, Missouri, Mississippi and Ohio – have passed heartbeat bills, legislation designed to prohibit abortions after a fetal heartbeat is detected. Utah and Arkansas voted to limit abortions to the middle of the second trimester. Together with Alabama, this makes eight states in 2019 that have taken legislative action to restrict abortion.

Very clearly, when it comes to abortion America is a deeply divided nation.

With a majority conservative Supreme Court, it may well be, as several legal commentators have suggested, that state-level Republican legislators and governors have passed and signed into law these bills with an eye to challenging Roe v. Wade, the landmark 1973 decision legalizing abortion in all fifty states.

If these laws are challenged in court, as they surely will be, it is entirely possible that the challenges could begin working their way through the federal court system just as the 2020 presidential election is coming to a head. If that happens, abortion could become the lightening rod of the 2020 presidential election.

Below are a few of my observations on brewing conflict.

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Pope Francis addresses joint session of Congress, September 2015.

I like the alternate media, don’t get me wrong. I have great respect for those who, with little fanfare and even less pay, put themselves out there as bloggers and YouTubers, as Podcasters and independent journalists. As a blogger myself, I suppose you’d expect me to say that.

But while the alternate media has done some wonderful work in educating people on how the world really works, as opposed to how the mainstream corporate media wants you to believe it works, the subject of the Papacy and the Roman Church-State is rarely discussed.

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Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Vice President Mike Pence.  Fred Reed rightly criticizes these neo-conservatives for their belligerent foreign policy and tendency to conflate U.S. interests with those of Israel, but misses the mark when recommending an alternative.

“Pence A Christian? POMPEO?: There Are Christians Who Love and Christian Who Hate,” a recent article by veteran journalist and commentator Fred Reed caught my eye this week. Reed, a gifted and independent-minded columnist, takes an approach to politics that can, I think, fairly be described as Libertarian.

As to his religions background, in his biography on his website he writes, “In general my family for many generations were among the most literate, the most productive, and the dullest people in the South. Presbyterians.” That said, in reading him over the years, my sense is that he has rejected the faith of his forebears and now seems rather hostile to the Presbyterianism of his family. Writing about the Catholic churches of Mexico, he commented in one column, “In any of these them (sic), before Protestantism cast its drab cloak of half of the faith, a traveler could enter and understand everything he saw.” In the same column, he has high praise for Russian Orthodox ceremony as well.

All that said, Reed has a wonderful talent for exposing the many nonsensical pieties which in our time are presented to the public as the very height of wisdom. In his article Reed – the author has a penchant for ribald language, which I have edited out as both unnecessary and inappropriate for this blog – makes many spot on observations about the anti-Christian foreign policy espoused by supposedly Christian government officials. On the other hand, some of his statements are wide of the mark. My comments are interspersed.

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MAGA

MAGA’s dead. Long live the empire.

Three years ago, during the last presidential election cycle, many Americans found in Donald Trump a candidate whose ideas resonated with them. Trump was an outsider, we were told. He cared about forgotten Americans. The sort of people who lived in unfashionable places and had unfashionable jobs. Who drove unfashionable cars, wore unfashionable clothes and held unfashionable opinions. He was, we were told, the antidote to the sort of scripted, empire building, establishment politician – the Jeb Bush’s of the world, for example – that many of us had come to loath.

My own take on Trump was that I didn’t know if he was for real of not. Hoping that a politician will keep his word is always a gamble, and generally a losing one. As the Bible warns us, “Put not your trust in princes, nor in the son of man, in whom there is no help.” As Christians, we know where our help comes from. Our help comes from the Lord, maker of heaven and earth. And it is him that we trust.

And yet knowing that, we also know that God not only determine the ends, but he also ordains the means by which he will accomplish those ends. And one of the institutions he has ordained for executing justice in this world and allowing his people to live peaceful lives is civil government. Paul calls the civil magistrate “God’s minister” and tells us he is put in his position to punish evil doers and praise the good. I mention this as a way of saying that, even though Christians look to God as our ultimate defender, there is nothing wrong with their supporting candidates for public office. In fact, one could argue that Christians have a duty before God to be involved in politics to help ensure that justice is done and evil avoided.

It had been my hope that Donald Trump would at least make some headway in restoring sanity to our republic. I didn’t expect him to be perfect. There is only one perfect man, and he wasn’t on the ballot in 2016. But it’s not unreasonable to hold a man accountable for his words. Donald Trump promised, among other things, to end the senseless foreign wars, to restore vitality to a hollowed out middle class and, most famously, to build that wall and to stop the flood of illegal immigrants, migrants and bogus refugees.

And if it’s fair to hold a man accountable for his words, we need to ask, So how is Donald Trump doing on his promises?

I’m afraid the answer is not very well.

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OLG On Border

In 2016, America Magazine, a Jesuit publication, quoted Archbishop Francisco Moreno Barrón of Tijuana, Mexico saying, “The last thing we need is another wall.”  To which one is tempted to respond, “That depends on who you mean by ‘we.’ “

For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.

    – Ephesians 6:12

America is a dying nation. I tell the Mexicans when I am down there in Mexico to keep on having children, and then to take back what we took from them: California, Texas, Arizona, and then to take the rest of the country as well.

    – Roman Catholic Priest Paul Marx, the Wanderer, May 6, 1987

Unable to really to come to grips with the problems in the [Catholic] Church, they need illegal aliens, they need illegal aliens to fill the churches. It’s obvious on the face of it.

    – Former Trump advisor Stephen Bannon, the Washington Post, September 7, 2017

The news hardly came as a shock. It wasn’t even surprising. Yesterday, the Drudge Report linked to an article from Vatican News stating that the Pope was sending $500,000 in aid to migrants stranded at the US-Mexico border.

Ever since the migrant caravans first became news in the late summer and early fall of 2018, the question has been asked many times, but never satisfactorily answered, Who’s providing the funding for them? At this point, there should be no doubt that the answer to this question is, at least in large part, the Roman Catholic Church-State.

As has been covered in this space numerous times over the past two-plus years, it is the opinion of this writer that the single biggest driver of the migrant crisis in Europe and in the United States is the economic and political philosophy and the activities of the Antichrist papacy and of the Roman Catholic Church-State. Rome certainly has provided the theoretical framework for the migrant invasion in the form of her social teaching. With this in mind, it should come as no surprise that she also has provided practical help in the form of funding to bring about the desired result.

Whether Protestants realize it or not, and most Protestants seem not to have a clue, a state of warfare exists between the globalist Roman Catholic Church-State and the independent nations of the world. This state of warfare has existed from at least the time of the Treaty Westphalia, which ended the Thirty Year’s War in 1648 and resulted in a Protestant international order of independent nation states, which greatly diminished the temporal power and prestige of the Roman Catholic Church-State (RCCS) and the Office of the Papacy.

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Migrants charge the US border at San Ysidro, CA, November 2018.

Have you ever noticed that, no sooner does someone complain about the high cost of welfare for illegal immigrants, but cries of “Illegal immigrants aren’t eligible for welfare!” cascade from on high in an attempt to shame him into silence?

While it is correct to say that illegals are ineligible to receive federal welfare benefits, in practice many do.

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