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“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness” (The Declaration of Independence, July 4, 1776).

Freedom and the pursuit of happiness are impossible without the fundamental right to life.  The right to life is the most fundamental of all rights.  All other rights depend upon the right to life.  Abortion is a horrific evil claiming over 4,000 lives every day.

If anyone has the right to terminate the life of an innocent human being, not only are those who are being terminated no longer equal under the law, but proponents of abortion are laying the ground work for choices to be made about the extermination of other groups of people.

Man is not autonomous.  He is created by God and therefore, must live in union with his creator.  When humanity rebels against God the results are obvious for all to see in the news every day.

James Madison, the fourth president of our nation and one of our founding fathers once said, “We have staked the whole of all our political institutions upon the capacity of mankind for self-government, upon the capacity of each and all of us to govern ourselves, to control ourselves, to sustain ourselves according to the Ten Commandments of God.”

The first civil war took place from 1861 – 1865.  The horror of slavery was not the only cause of the war, but it was certainly the main issue at hand.

The new civil war has no army and has no set territories. It is a cultural war that knows no boundaries.  The battle between the culture of life and the culture of death affects every city, every family, every business, every school, and every church community.  This new civil war is even more intense than the first one.

The culture war of today is dramatic and very challenging.   What will bring about a new birth of freedom and morality?

America will change if Americans get back to God.

“If my people who bear my name, humble themselves, and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, I myself will hear from heaven and forgive their sins and heal their land” (Second Book of Chronicles: 7; 14).

Today, faithful Catholics face a battle on two fronts: the culture war in society and the polarization in our own Church.  Too many Catholics are pro-abortion.  Too many members of the clergy refuse to take stand against abortion and against pro-abortion Catholic politicians.

We need to bring the cause of life to the streets.  We need to challenge the conscience of a nation.   “Any country that accepts abortion is not teaching its people to love, but to use violence to get what they want. That is why the greatest destroyer of love and peace is abortion” – Blessed Mother Teresa

 

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