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The Mark of Faith by State Representative Adam Niemerg

“Any country that accepts abortion, is not teaching its people to love, but to use any violence to get what it wants.” – Mother Teresa

 

On Ash Wednesday, it is not unusual to see politicians walking around government buildings with a cross marked on their foreheads from ashes. In fact, as a devout Catholic, it is likely President Joe Biden will attend an Ash Wednesday service and have the cross marked on his forehead to commemorate the beginning of Lent, which is the journey to the most sacred and Holy Day in the Church calendar – Easter.

President Biden constantly reminded the public of his Catholic faith during the campaign. He used his faith as a means to try to seize the moral high ground in the race.

There is nothing wrong with political leaders being open and honest about their religious views. As a Catholic, myself, I am glad that the President and I have faith in God as a common denominator. The question, though, that I have for the President and any other politicians who will wear the mark of their faith on Ash Wednesday, is what impact does their faith have on their public policy positions?

The Catholic Church, the Orthodox Church and most all Protestant Churches roundly condemn abortion. President Biden and other government leaders of faith know this and yet the President has signed an executive order ending the Mexico City policy that requires any foreign governments from agreeing to not use any American subsidies they receive to go towards abortions. It is a straightforward public policy. You want to get financial help from the U.S? Don’t use American tax dollars to pay for abortions.

The Mexico City policy is hardly a repudiation or reversal of Roe vs. Wade. It is merely a prohibition of using U.S. tax dollars to fund abortions in other countries. Joe Biden could have kept a significant pro-life policy in place simply by doing nothing. Instead, he chose to do the opposite and pave the way for the U.S. to begin funding abortions the worldwide.

The temptation here is to lash out and bash President Biden as an apostate at worst and a lapsed Catholic at best. But the Facebook page the Catholic Pilgrim has a different take. A recent post challenges people to send a letter to the White House on Ash Wednesday urging the President to remember his Catholic faith and reconsider his views on abortions. According to the post, the letter to be sent must be one “that shows care for his soul; it cannot be hateful or rude. It cannot mention Trump.”

It is a call for people to politely and humbly encourage a fellow believer who has lost his way on an important issue to people of faith.

We are all concerned about what is happening in our country. We are horrified by the violence we are seeing in our cities and yes in our nation’s Capital. Condoning violence against the unborn has taught an entire generation that violence is a way to get what we want, and it is in a way the foundation of the violence we are seeing right now. As we nation we need prayer and we also need leaders who put a premium on human life – all human life – black, white, born and unborn.

I agree with the Catholic Pilgrim post. Instead of fire and brimstone, let’s put our faith into practice by reaching out in kindness to our President to urge him to take the Church’s teachings on abortion seriously. My wife and I are sending our letter to the Whitehouse and I urge everyone who is prolife – Catholic or Protestant – to do the same.

Letters can be sent to: The White House, 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W., Washington, DC 20500.

 

 

4 comments
  1. The majority of women in the US
    The majority of women in the US
    February 15, 2021 at 12:57 pm

    As a citizen, I find the tone of this letter to be very respectful, however, it ignores a fundamental facet of the founding principles of our democracy: the separation of church and state. As a Christian, it was hard to overlook that Mr. Niemerg avoided the “temptation” to call the president an apostate and in the next paragraph called our president “a lapsed believer”. Who was it that said, “he who is without sin, cast the first stone”? It is not our place as believers to judge our president’s spiritual fitness. That is between him and God. As a woman, I find it offensive that the underlying agenda here is ultimately to overturn Roe v. Wade. It is Christian hypocrisy to tell a woman that she has no right to an abortion, as it is God’s place to judge her for her actions, and our country’s to give her the freedom to choose what happens to her body. It is astounding to me that in 2021, people still think they have the right to choose a woman’s rights for her. Please stop promoting these ultra right wing agendas just because you have a mouthpiece, WRUL/WROY. Most of us come here for the news, not your political opinions.

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  2. Mary Bax
    Mary Bax
    February 15, 2021 at 1:19 pm

    It is also a part of pro-life to be against the death penalty. Wonder how many of the pro-lifers are against the death penalty or only anti-abortion! I am very much against the death penalty as part of the Catholic Church pro-life movement. What is your position on that?

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  3. D.S.
    D.S.
    February 15, 2021 at 1:51 pm

    Can’t not notice the hypocrisy of a Trump supporter wanting to lecture someone on there moral judgement

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  4. Robin L.
    Robin L.
    February 16, 2021 at 1:04 pm

    Thank you for the article and for speaking the truth so well. Once a person understands the staggering truth of what abortion does to the unborn child, as well as to the mother, one can never see it the same way again. Our local pregnancy centers work tirelessly to support women in their journey, whether it be through the pregnancy and birth or after the child has been born. All services are FREE to all clients. We have pregnancy and delivery classes, parenting classes, and tons of donated material items. We help connect her with agencies that find housing, childcare, and other services. There is even counseling and support after a woman has had one or more abortions. Many centers have a nurse on staff and offer free ultrasounds. We even offer classes for fathers and significant others with an emphasis on learning to grow as a man, as a parent, and in all his relationships. We firmly stand for affirming and valuing women and helping them to have a hope-filled future. The volunteers don’t get paid and not a dime for the staff comes from the government. The monies come solely from donations. When people are willing to give of themselves in these ways for others they likely don’t even know, it’s a beautiful thing. It’s part of what being “pro” life is all about.

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