Archive of February 16, 2008

Nurse says Obama supports infanticide

Washington D.C., Feb 16, 2008 (CNA) - A pro-life nurse is seconding a statement made by Alan Keyes that Jesus Christ would not vote for Barack Obama, pointing to his support for infanticide.

Jill Stanek is a nurse who discovered babies were being aborted alive and shelved to die in soiled utility rooms while working at a hospital in Illinois and since has been a strong advocate against partial-birth and live-birth abortions.

According to her commentary on, Stanek explains why Keyes made his statement. 

At the federal level, legislation was presented called the Born Alive Infants Protection Act (BAIPA) which stated all live-born babies were guaranteed the same constitutional right to equal protection, whether or not they were wanted.

BAIPA sailed through the U.S. Senate by unanimous vote and by an overwhelming majority in the House.  President Bush signed the bill into law in 2002. 

Stanek wrote that, “in Illinois, the state version of BAIPA repeatedly failed, thanks in large part to then-state Sen. Barack Obama. It only passed in 2005, after Obama left.”

“Obama articulately worried that legislation protecting live aborted babies might infringe on women's rights or abortionists' rights. Obama's clinical discourse, his lack of mercy, shocked me. I was naive back then. Obama voted against the measure, twice. It ultimately failed.”

“So, the reason Keyes said Jesus Christ wouldn't vote for Barack Obama was because of Obama's fanatical support of abortion to the point of condoning infanticide.”

In a recent USA Today opinion piece, Obama admitted being "nagged" by the Jesus-wouldn't-vote-for-him statement, but only because he wished he'd given a different comeback.

Obama’s initial response, as stated in USA Today was “that we live in a pluralistic society, and that I can't impose my religious views on another.”  He added that he was running to be the U.S. senator of Illinois, and not a minister.

Stanek summarized Obama’s second response saying that “Obama insinuated opposition to abortion is based only on religion, lecturing pro-lifers like me to ‘explain why abortion violates some principle that is accessible to people of all faiths, including those with no faith at all.’”

“I don't recall mentioning religion when I testified against live-birth abortion. I only recall describing a live aborted baby I held in a hospital soiled utility room until he died, and a live aborted baby who was accidentally thrown into the trash,” she told WorldNetDaily.

Yet, Stanek pointed out that religion was never part of the abortion ban debate. “I recall comparisons made to U.S. laws ensuring animals being killed are treated humanely. I recall testimony that late-term babies feel excruciating pain while being aborted.”

Stanek concluded by asking Obama, why do “you think Jesus should vote for you?”

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Persecution strengthens faith of Christians in Iraq, archbishop reveals

Kirkuk, Iraq, Feb 16, 2008 (CNA) - Archbishop Luis Sako of Kirkuk, in northern Iraq, revealed that the persecution suffered by Iraqi Christians at the hands of Muslim fundamentalists is strengthening rather than weakening their faith.

In an interview with the SIR agency, Archbishop Sako said that the three Christian students who were recently kidnapped in Kirkuk by Muslim fundamentalists confronted their captors saying, “We are willing to die for our faith.”  The archbishop thanked God that the incident did not end in tragedy and that the students were released unharmed.

The kidnapping took place last week in Baghdad, when fundamentalists kidnapped some 40 people, including the three students.

The students were subjected to violent interrogation and were threatened with torture and execution if they did not renounce their faith.  Archbishop Sako said the three young people reacted with heroism that apparently moved their captors, who decided to let them go.  “What happed with the three young people means that despite so many difficulties, our faithful have not lost faith and hope. On the contrary, they have been strengthened,” he said.

The archbishop noted that an inter-religious committee for dialogue has been created in the city in order to help Muslims better understand Christians and their role in building the Iraq of the future.  The initiative was presented to Iraqi President Jalal Al Talibani during his recent visit to Kirkuk.  The president offered his support and encouragement for the committee.

Archbishop Sako also has begun a campaign to solicit the help of Christians in Kirkuk who are more economically secure to help prevent believers who are poor and under pressure from having to leave the region, which would diminish even further the presence of Christians.  The monies collected will be distributed during Holy Week to the poor, he said.

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Ontario politician proposes ending daily “Our Father” at provincial legislature

Toronto, Canada, Feb 16, 2008 (CNA) - The Premier of Ontario on Wednesday asked the Ontario legislature to end its daily recitation of the Lord’s Prayer, LifeSiteNews reports.

Premier Dalton McGuinty, a Catholic, said the prayer does not reflect the Canadian province’s multicultural diversity.

"I've asked for a parliamentary committee, with representation from each of the parties and the Speaker's involvement as well, to take a look at how we can move beyond the Lord's Prayer to a broader approach that is more inclusive in nature," he said, according to LifeSiteNews.

"I think it's time for us to ensure that we have a prayer that better reflects our diversity," he continued.  "We're much more than just Protestants and Catholics today. We have all the world's faiths represented here. If they're represented outside the legislature, I think we ought to find a way to ensure that diversity is reflected inside the legislature as well."

Catholics, Protestants, and other Christians make up at least 70 percent of the Canadian nation.  The 2001 census found that more than 2/3 of Ontario’s population was Christian, despite a significant influx of immigrants since the 1960s.  The province’s Muslim population has more than doubled since 1991.

Opposition leader John Tory backed McGuinty’s recommendation, and New Democratic Party House Leader Peter Komos said his own party was “intrigued” by the proposal.

Michael D. O’Brien, a Catholic author, artist, and thinker who lives in Ontario, spoke to in criticism of the proposal.  McGuinty’s effort, he said, "is not a move for fostering diversity" but one that aims at the "homogenization of identity."

"It is a move toward the slow steady collapse into a generalized ethos of 'sameness', which is mistaken for the equality we all treasure in this land," O’Brien said.  He called the move part of the "step-by-step erasure of Canada's fundamental identity as a Christian nation" and suggestive of more action to follow.

"Ontario has been, and will continue to be, in the vanguard of the deconstruction of the moral order in Canada. Of course, ironically, this latest proposition will be promulgated as a 'moral' step forward,” he told LifeSiteNews.

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YMCA library bombed in Gaza Strip

Gaza City, Feb 16, 2008 (CNA) - Muslim extremists are suspected in an early Friday attack on a YMCA library in the Gaza Strip, Cybercast News Service reports.

Isa Saba, director of the Gaza YMCA, said an estimated 10,000 books, some of them very old, were destroyed after an explosive device was placed in the Young Men’s Christian Association’s library before dawn on Friday.

More than 10 armed men reportedly broke into the library after midnight, overpowering and abducting the guards.  The gunmen then returned to blow up the library.

Saba told Cybercast News Service that he did not know who was behind the attack, but he said he did not believe that the attack was targeted against the Christianity of the YMCA.  He said the organization had never been threatened or attacked before Friday.

The YMCA has served Gaza’s Palestinians and Arabs for 55 years.  It has an art school, a library, summer camps, and youth exchanges benefiting both Christian and Muslim communities.

There have been several recent attacks on Christian and Western facilities in Gaza, including a church and internet cafes.  A month ago, the American International School in the Gaza Strip was attacked.  Two Al Qaeda-style groups claimed responsibility. 

In October, a Palestinian Christian Bible Society worker was kidnapped and murdered, reportedly for refusing to convert to Islam.

An estimated 3,500 Christians live among the 1.4 million Muslims in the Gaza Strip.

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