Rev. Michael Bray
A Call for Prolife Orgs to Repentance
Those pro-life organizations, which have scurried to re-purge themselves and get their press releases out in condemnation of James Kopp, thwart the very movement they think to be protecting. By condemning defensive action, they belie themselves and nullify all their prolife proclamations, reducing themselves to noisy gongs. Their dignity-of-man protestations ring hollow, and their earnest pleas for the lives of the innocents are as cogent as the hollerings of a glossolalist on a hot tin roof. Rather than advance the effort to contend for justice for the womb children in our land and in the world, these “anti-violence” dupes, with their irrational rhetoric, continue to turn the movement backward. What sense can be made of one who declares, “Human beings are truly being butchered by abortionists! They are serial murderers who kill children with every abortion procedure!” and then says, “Damn that man who saved the innocent children by fatally stopping the murderer”?
(Contemplate several duhs, take a breath, and think on.)
It is difficult enough to explain to our contemporary pagan countrymen, who have grown accustomed to thinking of human beings as just another species of a genus of a family of an order of a class of a phylum of the animal kingdom, that they are truly unique, created in the very imago Dei. Steeped in modernity with its rejection of the Scriptures as the basis for ethics, they are, like Princeton's Peter (Animal Liberation) Singer without any principle for regarding a handicapped child with any more value than a pig.
Patience is strained by those who have had this justifiable homicide principle laid before them illustratively in Pensacola by the good deed of Michael Griffin and then Paul Hill almost a decade ago but who continue to fail to apprehend it. It is time to reckon these putative leaders as not just persons, who have failed in following a simple rational process regarding an ethical issue which has appeared long ago and often in history, as the true sinners that they are. It is time to call these people false teachers and misleaders of God's servants in the anti-abortion movement. It is time to call them false in these judgments and call them to repent so that justice for the womb children can be established.
Political calculation may well explain the otherwise irrational propensity to condemn the likes of James Kopp. The argument adduced goes something like this: “We make ourselves look like radicals and terrorists and generally odious in the eyes of all whom we want to win over to our side.” But three dead abortionists opposite 40 million dead babies is not a compelling argument in support of the fear that zealots are putting the medical profession or national security at risk. And denouncing the termination of that meager number can hardly instill respect for “pro-life” belief; rather, it has taught to opposite: that we don't believe our rhetoric.
We have made zero political progress in 30 years. Political calculations and gambles must never overcome the proclamation of truth, especially by those who purport to be leaders in the realms of the church and anti-abortion activism. These leaders have a duty to be faithful to the truth regardless of political speculations. Their duty is other than the politician's, whose job it is to get done what is possible in political reality (real politik). Many have trusted in politics as the savior and complained against President Bush for failing to deliver more hope to us. But in dealing with our system, Jesus could not do better than Bush (get my meaning; I do not blaspheme). Pastors have their jobs to do which can (and ought), in fact, have a political effect. Had there been 50 pastors of churches (not just fellows with an M. Div. after their names, but pastors of local churches) who rose up and commended the deeds of those who wielded forceful protection of the innocent, who can say what the result could have been? (At the risk of giving my plaintiffs, who claim I threaten abortionists whenever I breathe out words, fodder to burn me with, I imagine that such a proclamation in unison by 50 pastors might well have sent abortionists packing to another land out of fear for their lives.) Who can deny that the result of pastors speaking the truth (at the risk of losing members and the respect of some of the heathen they were hoping to draw into membership) would not have resulted in the fear of God and His terror? Who can say whether abortionist, fearing for their lives, would not have sought solace in the Good News. Did they, in their failure to speak the truth, withhold the Law which guides men to the Gospel (Galatians 3:24)?
Indeed, let abortionists and their accomplices have no fear of me and the millions of others who know they have the Godly right to destroy their bodies; rather, let them fear the One who is able to cast them, body and soul, into hell (Matthew 10:28).
Joe Scheidler, Judie Brown, Flip Benham, (Buffalo) Bob Behn, and the host of others who have uttered condemnation of God's servant, James Kopp, I (and I am not alone) call sinners by their self-selving judgment of James Kopp and by their denigration of the womb children through this very same condemnation. And we call you to publicly repent.
Likewise, I call all pastors who have condemned James Kopp false. They have failed to handle God's word soundly and they have failed to guide our fellow citizens into good citizenship, leading them instead into the same sinful condemnation of a righteous fellow citizen. Moreover, they, by such condemnation, contribute to the prolongation of this bloody scourge. They belie themselves and nullify their proclamation of the sanctity of human life.
Who knows how the movement might have been incandesced had pastors and pro-life leaders risen in support of earnest, efficacious, and forceful rescue efforts? No one can know. But we can be sure that the message sent by these errant leaders was that yes, there really is a difference between womb children and the rest of us. The least of us may be cast off with impunity. Their humanity is denied by our lack of action.
Let all of us who lack in good deeds at least shut our mouths at the sight of one who is not so lacking.
The Restoration of Fatherhood
(Or Some Fresh Ideas for Promise Keepers)
For our God is a consuming fire.
But thou, O Lord, art a shield for me;
my glory, and the lifter up of mine head.
Whoso sheddeth man's blood, by man shall his blood be shed:
for in the image of God made he man.
Numbers 35:33 So ye shall not pollute the land wherein ye are:
for blood it defileth the land: and the land cannot be cleansed of the
blood that is shed therein, but by the blood of him that shed it.
To contact e-mail: BrotherDonaldSpitz@gmail.com
Arcara and al Qaeda
Pro-abortion fanatic, Judge Richard Arcara, has temporarily – and
ones hopes finally – lost his control over the fate of baby defenders
Dennis Malvasi and Loretta Marra. This man and wife, parents
of two young children, had been creatively charged with
numerous federal offenses for what amounts to helping a refugee
avoid capture by the federal government. The couple had
allegedly aided and abetted James Kopp, the accused killer of
Buffalo abortionist, Bernard Slepian. Arrested in March of 1991,
they had been repeated denied bail by Arcara. Moreover, Arcara
had rejected the plea agreement worked out by the defense and
prosecution in August. On Monday, 23 September, government
prosecutors "took an unusual series of legal actions. . . In Buffalo,
they filed court papers to drop the charges they filed last year. . . In
New York City, they filed a new, greatly reduced criminal
charge against Marra and Malvasi.
Essentially, prosecutors asked
to have the case moved from Buffalo to New York City, where
it is anticipated that the two defendants would take a plea deal
comparable to one that was rejected last month" (Buffalo News, 24
Judge Arcara has left this couple in jail for 18 months. No trial.
No bail. (America?) The mother of a nursing child, at the time of
arrest, has been denied bail, along with her husband. And his
invidious animus against anti-abortion Christians activists is on the
record. The willing servant of the cause of child slaughter took
special care to prosecute abortuary blockaders back in 1992 when
he removed U.S. Attorney Dennis Vacco "from a case in which
anti-abortion protesters were charged with blocking a clinic at
which Slepian worked, Buffalo GYN Womenservices Clinic in
Buffalo. Federal Judge Richard Arcara replaced Vacco with two
special prosecutors, saying he had failed to vigorously prosecute five
anti-abortion leaders" (AP, 28 Oct, 1998).
Five months after the arrest of Marra and Malvasi, Judge Arcara
held Pastor Michael Warren in criminal contempt for walking in
protest of abortion on a sidewalk opposite an abortuary in
Rochester. Arcara had issued what Congress permits, a 20-day
temporary restraining order. But that wasn't good enough for
this tyrant. The Agape Press (23 August, 2001) reported statements
by American Family Association attorney B. J. Brown: "The judge
ruled that his temporary restraining order lasted as long as he
said it lasted. . .The judge said in effect that he didn't really care
about Congress's rules." The pastor and another protester were
protesting after the 20 days had passed, but Judge Arcara,
ostensibly wants his will to be obeyed even when it doesn't
carry the authority of the law.
Why these legal maneuvers? "Assistant U.S. Attorney Kathleen M.
Mehltretter said the actions were taken by the government for
only one reason - to help win a murder conviction in the Kopp
case. . . if this case went to trial, it could jeopardize the prosecution
of James Kopp. . . the government would be required to submit
evidence which exposes critical Kopp witnesses to the public and
defendant Kopp" (Buffalo News). (Hmm. Doesn't seem like
much of a case against Kopp.)
But the wrath of this abortophilic judge is not necessarily averted.
Barket said, "Given Judge Arcara's past history with this case, I
would not be surprised if he tries to take this case away from the
U.S. Attorney's office, and appoint a special prosecutor to
handle it. I am afraid that is what he is going to do. He has done
that in the past, in at least one case involving a pro-life
God knows why the present maneuverings are occurring. Perhaps
the irony of the latest batch of bail-less al Qaeda prisoners in
Buffalo was too much for the prosecution. How peculiar that in
that same town two kinds of prisoners are denied bail: these two
anti-abortion activists and six al Qaeda terrorists. The six defendants
recently arraigned and denied bail "were trained to use
assault rifles and other weapons at an al Qaeda camp in Afghanistan
where Osama bin laden spoke about his anti-American
beliefs" (AP, 15 September). And in the tradition of the anti-American
Left, protesters in behalf of the Muslims complained outside
the court room. An AP photo showed them carrying such signs as
"Stop the racist witch hunt" and "March on Washington. Say no
to war." Fools.
In contrast to these authentic terrorists, we have this couple: no
association with weapons training camps; just communication with
an old friend who had formerly resisted abortion with them
through non-violent means – a friend who seems to be wrongly
pursued by the federal government, given the weakness of the
case as it appears so far
Curiously we have two kinds of prisoners: one representing the cause;
the other the effect. Malvasi and Marra are a righteous couple
who suffer on behalf of the innocent babies who are slaughtered
daily in this land; their imprisonment is part of the cause of the
Almighty's anger with this apostate country. The other prisoners,
the Muslim terrorists are the effect – the whip in His hand.
Those who would repent will support these two and follow in
their good works. Perhaps then, in His mercy, He will hold back His
wielding of this terrorist Muslim whip. God – and his tools – are a
terror to those who do evil.