The title is not intended to fan the flames of the “Obama is the Anti-Christ” adherents, but rather to invoke the notion that sometimes compromise is what has to happen even when the compromise is with diametrically opposed views. And so the morning news in Indianapolis is filled with announcements of “Obama Tackles Abortion at Notre Dame”.
Well, I have two glib comments about this before we get to the fun stuff. First, if Notre Dame’s defense tackled their opponents as poorly as Obama tackled abortion, Knute Rockney would have been a nobody. Secondly, it’s not as if Obama really tackled the topic—it’s more like he played a pick-up game of touch football and was afraid to get his hands dirty.
So what does our leader call for on the matter? In part, here’s what he had to say:
“Because when we do that — when we open up our hearts and our minds to those who may not think precisely like we do or believe precisely what we believe — that’s when we discover at least the possibility of common ground.
That’s when we begin to say, ‘Maybe we won’t agree on abortion, but we can still agree that this heart-wrenching decision for any woman is not made casually, it has both moral and spiritual dimensions.
So let us work together to reduce the number of women seeking abortions, let’s reduce unintended pregnancies. Let’s make adoption more available. Let’s provide care and support for women who do carry their children to term. Let’s honor the conscience of those who disagree with abortion, and draft a sensible conscience clause, and make sure that all of our health care policies are grounded not only in sound science, but also in clear ethics, as well as respect for the equality of women.’ Those are things we can do.”
In this, President Obama is asking the defenders of life to shake hands with the Devil. To find common ground on which to stand. In essence, to compromise.
Well, the common ground here is life. The common ground includes adoption. The common ground is a land of reduced abortions—but the problem is the supporters of abortion want a token reduction while we want a 100% reduction.
We can agree to disagree. We can agree to respect the women who do not casually make this decision but who are mislead or lied to by an industry that has no moral conscience.
But look carefully at what this man said: “Let’s honor the conscience of those who disagree with abortion…”
Wait a minute, Mr Obama! I do not need you to apologize for me or my views or to make it sound as if I need any sort of consolation from you or anyone else. Your comment is condescending to me and everyone else who disagrees with abortion. As a “great” orator, you would have done better to neutrally state “Let’s honor the consciences of all people regardless of their position on the issue…”
You ask the abortion rights groups to extend to us an olive branch by inserting conscience clauses and considerations. You want peace with us? An olive branch extended to us is not enough when you support extending speculums and forceps to the unborn.