Friday, January 26, 2007
The week of the 2006 national elections, I wrote a letter to the editor which was published in both local papers for our county, The Corydon Democrat and The Capitol News. With this past Monday being the anniversary of the beginning of the U.S.A.'s holocaust against the pre-born, it is still timely. The article follows.
“What happens in Missouri stays in Missouri!” … We Hope
Perhaps the most important battle for Indiana’s most innocent residents occurred last Tuesday; and it happened in another state. It was a vote that did not involve a candidate at all. Whether one was Democrat or Republican, Libertarian or Socialist, was irrelevant. What was at stake was protecting the lives of those incapable of defending themselves.
Missouri had an amendment on its ballot – one that used the euphemism “early stem cell research.” This was to approve the procedure of cloning human embryos for the purpose of harvesting stem cells. It also specifically prohibited implanting these embryos into a human womb.
In other words, the production of new human life was endorsed, so long as it would be destroyed. Missouri voters by a razor thin margin have approved for human life to be manufactured in a lab, with the accompanying promise to kill that life when it is no longer useful for the lab’s experiments. To the Christian ear, this is hideously contrary to God’s sacred gift of life.
Shouldn’t we just leave this to politicians to sort out? Actually, no! The truth is this is not a political issue; it is a biblical, moral one. For some 33 years, life has become cheap in this country, and that attitude manifests itself in our entertainment. We live in a culture that sees school shootings in the news, extreme “shoot-em-up” video games, humorous murders in sit-coms, and abortion and euthanasia praised by some of our favorite hospital drama series.
Indeed, life has become cheap. On Tuesday, November 7, 2006, it just became cheaper – except for research facilities in Missouri which will now “make a killing” off of the funds spent in grants for what we used to call “mad scientist” laboratories. Now, we pray that this infection does not spread across our great land! We pray that, to spin off of the popular television commercial, “What happens in Missouri stays in Missouri!”
Yes, we just witnessed the most important battle for Indiana’s most innocent residents. So now what? Teach. Teach your family your spiritual virtues. Teach them the sanctity and respect of life. Teach them love. And teach them to speak up to defend the innocent who cannot speak for themselves.
In their defense,
The Rev. Richard A. Heinz