But laws alone cannot secure freedom of expression; in order that every man may present his views without penalty there must be a spirit of tolerance in the entire population.–Albert Einstein, “Out of My Later Years”
Even though the news from the 2018 March for Life was heartening, it is but one foray against an army of intolerant anti-life leftist politicians and jurists. We’ve seen abortion advocates in Canada and California trying to silence pro-life voices and eliminate anti-abortion opinions from the public domain, and these are only two examples among many others.
CANADA: You can be Pro-life–in private.
Justin Trudeau recently said that you don’t have the public right to advocate pro-life policies:
“An organization that has the explicit purpose of restricting women’s rights by removing rights to abortion, the right for women to control their own bodies, is not in line with where we are as a government and quite frankly where we are as a society,” Justin Trudeau, Prime Minister of Canada.
This statement was in response to a question about the right to free expression of ideas, and the Canadian government’s policy of requiring religious organizations to sign a statement supporting the right to abortion and LGBT “rights” if they wished government support for summer worker stipends:
“He then referenced recent changes to the Summer Jobs program that requires applicants adhere to Canadian rights — including access to abortions, and protections for LGBT Canadians. The program funds summer job placements for not-for-profit organizations, public sector employers and small businesses, the Canadian Press reported.” LifeNews.com, 12 January, 2018.
CALIFORNIA: “Reproductive FACT Act”–Pro-life Centers must advertise abortion facilities
The “Reproductive FACT Act,” enacted by the California Legislature in 2015, requires pro-life centers to post signage and inform clients about the state’s taxpayer-funded abortions and contraception support. A Riverside Country Superior Court judge issued an injunction against enforcement of the law in November, 2017. The case is currently on the docket for the Supreme Court.
This is only one example of many–New York City, Baltimore, Hawaii, Illinois–in which anti-life advocates, politicians and jurists, are trying to force not only acceptance of their practices, but advocacy by those who are deeply offended by them. Whether it is to bake a “Wedding” cake for a ceremony you hold to be a sin, to refer a patient to an abortionist if you’re a doctor or a nurse, to supply contraceptives if you’re a believing pharmacist, it’s the same violation of fundamental freedom of religion and belief.
What should the faithful do?
How can we fight against the intolerant demons of the left: feminism gone wrong, academics without principles, politicians prostituting themselves for power, intolerance in the name of diversity? I can think of some ways, and I hope you, the reader can supply others.
We have to demonstrate: The March for Life is a fine example. Although it was under-reported by MSM, there were enough local reports to make up for this. Politicians have to know that there are many speaking for life.
We have to fight politically. It is hard to understand why “Catholics” (in name only?) in the Congress who continually vote for and advocate anti-life policies (I think of Senator Bob Casey of Pennsylvania, in particular) get the support of Catholic voters.
We have to support pro-life organizations financially and by activities. (Do a web search to find out about such–here’s one for Pennsylvania.)
We have to support organizations like Judicial Watch and FIRE, that advocate for freedom of speech and expression in government and academic life.
And, most importantly, we have to pray for those who are trying to force us into sin.