Yours truly and Human Life International’s Executive Vice President John Martin went to the Values Voter Summit in the power city of Washington, where we worked at HLI’s exhibit offering our books, pamphlets, CDs, and DVDs. We had the joy and honor of meeting young people, singles, husbands, wives, parents, parents with their babies and young children, grandparents, teachers and other leaders who are fighting the good fight in their homes, schools, and neighborhoods. They asked us for advice and we told some about the emergency in Virginia, where HLI’s world headquarters are located.
The Virginia Emergency Is Everyone’s Emergency
In January of this election year, Virginia Delegate Kathy Tran (D-42) wrote a bill that would license infanticide; Governor Ralph Northam (D) fully supports it; and 42nd District Republicans nominated Steve Adragna (R) as her challenger to stop the “extremism.”
Northam, who is a medical doctor, shocked us when he explained on WTOP Radio that if mothers are in labor and want to kill their children, the bill would allow them and medical workers to do whatever they want with newborn babies. Northam literally said: “If a mother’s in labor, I can tell you exactly what would happen. The infant would be delivered. The infant would be kept comfortable. The infant would be resuscitated if that’s what the mother and the family desired, and then a discussion would ensue between the physicians and the mother.” Watch and listen to the video below.
Virginia House Majority Leader Delegate Todd Gilbert (R-15) is the lawmaker who exposed Tran’s and Northam’s agenda. Therefore, the Family Research Council, hosts of the Values Voter Summit, gave Delegate Gilbert the 2019 Sam Adams Award for State Policymaker.
Here are excerpts from Delegate Gilbert’s award acceptance speech. He’s running for re-election, and he said:
This agenda that we have in our country right now is so very dangerous to the essence of God’s plan of life itself. …
People ask me: “Why do you do this?” … As far as “Why do you do this?,” if that one moment changed one heart, one mind, frankly, or saved one life, my entire time in politics, being away from my family, doing my job, every minute has been worth it if it saved any lives because of that moment.
See more about Delegate Gilbert’s work on www.DelegateToddGilbert.com and Facebook.com/DelegateToddGilbert
Delegate Gilbert asked for prayers, but HLI says prayers aren’t enough because, as he said: “We are one vote away in the Virginia House of Delegates and one vote away in the Virginia Senate from that bill becoming law.”
Here is the video of Delegate Gilbert’s complete speech. It is small, but you may click the option to enlarge it.
We Need Religious Ministers to Lead the Way
In Virginia and everywhere in America, children need all pro-life voters to vote, and we need our religious ministers to tell their flocks about the horrifying crises at hand. As we’ve said before, Catholics are the largest religious bloc in the USA and we have tremendous power to help save lives, so we need our parish priests and bishops to speak up loud and clear.
In the 2016 presidential election year when Hillary Clinton (D) vowed that she stands with the abortion chain Planned Parenthood, Cardinal Robert Sarah told the National Catholic Prayer Breakfast in Washington: “As you well know, what happens in the United States has repercussions everywhere. The entire globe looks to you, waiting and praying, to see what America resolves on the pressing challenges the world faces today. Such is your influence and responsibility.”
Voting is so crucial that the Cathechism of the Catholic Church places it under Christ’s commandment to love our neighbors as ourselves and spells out why voting is our duty in the following paragraphs. Thus, I emphasize some lines with italics:
- 2238 Those subject to authority should regard those in authority as representatives of God, who has made them stewards of his gifts: “Be subject for the Lord’s sake to every human institution. . . . Live as free men, yet without using your freedom as a pretext for evil; but live as servants of God.” Their loyal collaboration includes the right, and at times the duty, to voice their just criticisms of that which seems harmful to the dignity of persons and to the good of the community.
- 2239 It is the duty of citizens to contribute along with the civil authorities to the good of society in a spirit of truth, justice, solidarity, and freedom. The love and service of one’s country follow from the duty of gratitude and belong to the order of charity. Submission to legitimate authorities and service of the common good require citizens to fulfill their roles in the life of the political community.
- 2240 Submission to authority and co-responsibility for the common good make it morally obligatory to pay taxes, to exercise the right to vote, and to defend one’s country:
Pay to all of them their dues, taxes to whom taxes are due, revenue to whom revenue is due, respect to whom respect is due, honor to whom honor is due.
[Christians] reside in their own nations, but as resident aliens. They participate in all things as citizens and endure all things as foreigners. . . . They obey the established laws and their way of life surpasses the laws. . . . So noble is the position to which God has assigned them that they are not allowed to desert it.
The Apostle exhorts us to offer prayers and thanksgiving for kings and all who exercise authority, “that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life, godly and respectful in every way.”
Now here is President Donald Trump’s speech at the Values Voter Summit, where he said that he abolished the Johnson Amendment with an executive order. This means that the IRS can’t penalize religious ministers, Christian parishes, synagogues or any nonprofit organization for explicitly discussing politicians, their records, and their agendas. Apparently it means you may endorse pro-life, pro-freedom candidates too.
HLI President Father Shenan J. Boquet made a video for the Values Voter Summit, which played throughout the exhibit area. In it, he talks about the presidential election year of 2020, stressing our duty to vote for the glory of God and the defense of life, faith, and family.
This year Election Day is Tuesday, November 5, so we urge our brother and sister Virginians to research and vote wisely regarding every candidate who’s on your ballots. Votes are crucial nationwide, so we ask all eligible pro-life voters to do your research and vote too.