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11.13.2005    |    "fundamental rights and freedoms"
The Democrat's house organ, the New York Times, advises them to "fight for their vision" against that evil spawn of the "far right", SCOTUS nominee Samuel Alito. Well, they didn't use the term "evil spawn" in today's editorial. But they might as well have. From the "be strong and don't be afraid to filibuster" piece:
Conservative Republicans demonstrated that they have a clear idea of what they want for the Supreme Court. They proved that once again with their insurrection against Harriet Miers. Now Democratic senators have to show their supporters that they are no less willing to fight for their vision.
The Times version of that "vision" is to oppose even the remotest threat to abortion on demand, and to consider the willful denial of the right to life for the most helpless of our citizens, the unborn, to be "fundamental rights and freedoms."

It is fascinating how ultra-liberals can become preservers of the status quo. So long as that status quo is far enough away from the bulwark of the actual written Constitution. Which is what any justice of the Supreme Court should hold as their ultimate, and sole, authority. Hence, Roe v. Wade becomes sacred, never to be tampered with.

It's funny, but not in a ha-ha sense. If memory serves, the Times and their ilk were quite happy, leading the cheering even, when earlier "visions" of the status quo were overturned. Key example? The infamous "separate but equal" of the 1896 Plessy v. Ferguson decision. Some precedents, it would seem, are more sacrosanct than others.

It is hard to know what actually motivates the far left. On the one hand, there is this uninformed and biased blather about "fundamental rights." On the other, the left, including the Times, is more than happy to trash actual rights enshrined in our Declaration and the Constitution.

Starting with the right to life.

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Welcome. My name is John Luke Rich, (very) struggling Christian. The focus here is Christianity in its many varieties, its fussing and feuding, how it impacts our lives and our society, with detours to consider it with other faiths (or lack thereof).

Call this blog my way of evangelizing on the internet.

Putting it differently, we're only here on this earth a short time. It's the rest of eternity that we should be most concerned about. Call it the care and feeding of our souls.

I was born Jewish, and born again in Christ Jesus over thirty years ago. First as a Roman Catholic; now a Calvinist by persuasion and a Baptist by denomination. But I'm hardly a poster boy for doctrinal rigidity.

I believe that Scripture is the rock on which all Christian churches must stand -- or sink if they are not so grounded. I believe that we are saved by faith, but hardly in a vacuum. That faith is a gift from God, through no agency on our part -- although we sometimes turn a deaf ear and choose to ignore God's knocking on the door.

To be Christian is to evangelize. Those who think it not their part to evangelize perhaps haven't truly understood what our Lord told us in Matthew 28. We must preach the Gospel as best we are able. Using words if necessary.

Though my faith waxes and wanes, it never seems to go away. Sometimes I wish it would, to give me some peace of mind. But then, Jesus never said that walking with Him was going to be easy...

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