Dear President Phipps,
At Messiah on April 13th, 2008, Senator Barack Obama stated, “There is a moral dimension to abortion…” That is a complete distortion of the truth. Abortion does not have a moral dimension, it completely is a moral issue. Or to put it more accurately, it is a completely immoral issue. Child killing is not an issue that has various ways of being approached. Killing children is always wrong no matter what the circumstances surrounding that particular child’s life. Morality is not about preference, it is about the laws of nature and the laws of God.
I am a graduate of the class of 2005 writing to inform you that I can no longer support Messiah College. This is because I refuse to support abortion advocates or those who promote them. Messiah’s recent “Compassion Campaign” was simply a platform for unrepentant abortion advocates to clothe their radical views in the rhetoric of kindness and love, “faith and politics.”
There are several problems here. First, true love is about doing and protecting what is good, not about expressing warm feelings and “agreeing to disagree.” The reality is abortion hurts women (and men) physically and mentally. Senator Obama is the most radically pro-abortion candidate to ever run for president. His voting record is the proof of his belief at work (I show some of his voting record below). Giving him a platform will only further his distorted view of human rights. Such a candidate is beyond working together with those who disagree to find common ground. You simply cannot work with one who will unceasingly defend the “right” to kill innocent children. Senator Obama’s excellent rhetoric and charismatic presence distract his audience from the actual issues.
The main issue of concern here is the non-negotiable issue of abortion, which leads me to my second point:A good end can never justify an evil means because actions have intrinsic value. An intrinsically evil act – such as murdering an unborn child – can never be justified, no matter what potential good might result. A new human life begins at conception. Science cannot and does not dispute this. God gives that particular life an eternal soul that has never existed before and will never cease to exist. Every abortion, no matter what the surrounding circumstances, intentionally kills that life and ignores the intrinsic value and worth that is given by God’s creative act. It is not up to the mother to decide whether or not each life has value. This has already been decided by the Lord of life. Senator Obama has a distorted view of human life that enables him to support his view of abortion.
For decades, doctors and scientists have been in agreement concerning the beginning of a new life. This is quite obvious: at conception a new organism that is not part of the mother has begun to exist (one can simply open a high school biology book to see the development of life from the beginning). It has only become a “question” in the political arena for those who wish to justify abortion. Senator Obama’s confusion on answering this question allows him to lay the foundation for his unwavering support of abortion. Uncertainty surrounding whether the embryonic tissue within the mother’s womb is a human life precedes the act of terminating “that thing’s” existence (abortion). Appealing to faith and personal perspective, fancy rhetoric, and question dodging all ignore the real issue.
Thirdly, a Christian who votes for a pro-abortion candidate “in good conscience” has a poorly formed conscience. It is a contradiction to claim to be a Christian and to vote in favor of child-killing. Abortion is not a “political issue.” It is the most fundamental issue of life. If one does not have the right to life – to be born – he can never have any other right, such as the right to own property, to free speech, to vote, etc. The act of committing an abortion (not the person) must be condemned by those who believe life is beautiful and valuable, that is, Christians.Faith must shape political views for Christians, and not the other way around.
I am a Christian who believes that upholding the right to life is the most crucial concern that has entered the political arena today. Why? We live in a time of holocaust. In America alone, over 48 million lives have been snuffed out by abortion since 1973! Every day we lose more lives than we lost on September 11th, almost 4,000 babies! I, and all those born since 1973, are survivors of this holocaust, and I am speaking out on behalf of these innocent victims. Obama is one who will certainly further this horrific bloodshed.
I would like to highlight a few points by showing some of Obama’s voting record:
• Obama has been given a 100% pro-choice record by NARAL in 2005, 2006, and 2007 (see www.prochoiceamerica.org and a 100% pro choice record by Planned Parenthood in his home state of Illinois. He received a 0% pro-life stance by NRLC (The National Right to Life Committee indicating a radically pro-choice stance, see www.nrlc.org )
• In 1997 Obama was one of five who did not vote for the Partial-Birth Abortion Ban, which allows doctors to partially remove the baby from the mother’s womb and kill the child in a particularly gruesome manner. (SB 230 passed 44-7)
• Often children who survive attempted abortions are killed after birth. Many laws have attempted to end this unimaginable cruelty. 3 times in 2001, Obama was one of a very small number that did not support these laws, which all passed with a sweeping majority (SB 1093 passed 34-6, 1094 passed 33-6, and 1095 passed 34-5).
Obama opposed children’s rights on the state level as well as the federal level that was passed in 2002, “The Born-Alive Infant Protection Act.”Events like the “Compassion Campaign” clothe this issue in fancy rhetoric and ignore the real problem. This is not about politics. This is about the value of life. Life has dignity because God is the Author of Life. Barack Obama denies this God-given value because abortion by its very nature denies God’s handiwork.
To support Senator Obama is to do likewise, no matter what the reason. ( In July of 2007 Senator Obama told abortion advocates, "The first thing I'd do as president is sign the Freedom of Choice Act," which would wipe out every single state law limiting or regulating abortion, including the federal ban on partial birth abortion (Planned Parenthood Action Fund Event, July 17, 2007).
This letter expresses the grave concerns shared by many other Messiah Alumni. Those whose names appear below are indicating that they agree that; It is not acceptable for Messiah College to support in any way, or to give a platform to those who support abortion or allow its perpetuation under any circumstance.(Names here)It frightens me to see Messiah’s future direction in light of this event. Until there is a great change on the part of the administration, I cannot support Messiah, and I will encourage others withdraw their support as well. Please permanently remove me from your all of your mailing lists. I will pray that Messiah College has the courage to know the truth and spread the true meaning of love: standing up for those innocent children who cannot defend themselves.
Thank you for reading,
Class of 2005
CC: Office of Alumni and Parent Relations