Thursday, June 4, 2009

One dead, many spared?

All right, I'll be the first to admit that I find anyone who is both a church-goer and a doctor who's willing to perform late-term abortions to have a very strange relationship with his conscience. I do not, however, think that he should be killed. I am anti-abortion myself, but I do not subscribe to the militant pro-life hypothesis that one life killed is many spared.
George Tiller was no angel given the slaughter he engaged in. I understand that the very thought of his work is truly cringeworthy—and I certainly don't comprehend how you could have a relationship with God while tearing a person apart in the womb. It is positively grotesque.
But George Tiller needed to answer to God for that. As long as late-term abortions remain legal, he could not be tried for murder. But for Pete's sake, take it up with your Congressman; no matter how disgusted you may be by Tiller's profession, you are not the jury, judge and executioner in his case.
The far-Christian Right whackjob that shot him was clearly in that frame of mind, and he is far from alone. These people do honestly frighten me. If they had their way, we'd be living in a theological state no different from that of Saudi Arabia or Iran. (Only, our God would be better than their God, and we know that to be true because we said so!) Pardon the pun, but God help us.
(If me having said that, in light of yesterday's entry endorsing the Christian Party, seems strange to you, just know that I consider there to be a great deal of difference between Christian values versus Christian fundamentalism. I revere the former; I despise the latter.)
Ask yourself if you feel sympathy for animal rights campaigners who kill researchers and bomb their laboratories. No? They're insane, and they're terrorists, you say? If I am disgusted and disheartened by vivisection (which I am), you're saying that I must work within the law to express my outrage?
Well, I agree, but tell me why, exactly, is that not also true in the case of abortion clinics and the doctors who work there?
The fact remains, Tiller was a person already out in the world, someone whose life was still technically sacred. How can anyone say that he would not repent for his crimes later in life? You cannot kill to prevent killings, except in war. And honestly, folks, is that what this whole putrid abortion debate comes down to?
At a Wichita memorial service in memory of the late doctor, one mourner's sign read: "Tiller's Killer Is A Terrorist Hypocrite Coward." I whole-heartedly agree.

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

The Christian Party for E.U. and local offices

On Thursday, the European Union elections, in which Britons will vote to elect seats in the European Parliament—a sham, I grant you—as well as local British council elections will take place. I cannot vote myself, but that won't stop me from making an endorsement in this space.
Let's run through the main parties in the running:
(1) Labour—You would have to be living in a cave or outside the country to not know what a train-wreck they are. They've been in power too long and they've run out of fresh ideas. They are the party of a thousand promises and they fail to deliver on even one of them. Labour was starting to look defensive and arrogant during Tony Blair's last term, but the past two-and-a-half years under Gordon Brown's stewardship have been insufferable. Labour won't listen to what the voters actually desire, they just want to keep trying to force laws that no-one wants down our collective throat, such as the I.D. scheme. All the while, they ignore the festering garbage heap they've turned this country into, literally with bi-weekly rubbish collections and figuratively with their lack of immigration controls. Anyone who would still vote for a party that seeks only to replicate itself and remain our not-so-loving big brother needs help.
(2) Conservative—They would be my pick for the next General Election. But this upcoming election is too soon in which to reward the Tories with seats, and reward them for what? Simply opposing Labour? I need to hear fresher and more original ideas from the Conservatives. Also, this election also comes too soon after the MP expenses scandal in which the Tories fared as badly as Labour. David Cameron has done a good job to patch up the damage, ousting the fleecing MPs from their seats and laying it on the line to the party in general. But Mr. Cameron still has work to do and he needs to get it done over the next year, especially with regard to convicing me (and the rest of the public) that the Tories will stand up to the E.U. over its diktats.
(3) Liberal Democrats—They are not much better than the American version, and while I certainly agree with them on one or two issues, it would take a massive dose of LSD—not that I've ever tried it—to get me to endorse these Europhile Lefties.
(4) Green—Pretty much what I've said about the Lib Dems. They cannot convince me that they're not really Red in disguise.
(5) United Kingdom Independence Party—While I appreciate UKIP's basic premise of severing our ties to the E.U. and restoring full British sovereignty, they seem like a one-trick pony. I have never heard much from UKIP aside from "Out of Europe!" What else do these guys stand for, if anything?
(6) British National Party—Anti-Semitic racists and fascist troublemakers. No matter how respectable they try to come across, they're only sprinkling sugar on their poop. And in their spare time, that's exactly what BNP members push through the letterslots of anyone who dares not to be white and British.
(7) The Christian Party/Christian Peoples Alliance—Now here's an interesting party for you. The Christian Party, of course, stands for Christianity and the recognition that our freedom of life in Britain and Europe derive from that faith. But they also stand for conservative values. They claim that they can provide a real alternative to the BNP. The Christian Party opposes the European superstate, wants to expose European corruption, desires a fair but firm immigration policy, intends to beat the Greens at their own game by moving away from carbon-based policies, and endorses "compassionate conservative" ideas on social justice, trade and the economy.
The idea of the BNP gaining seats to represent Britain in Europe is horrifying, but it is also reality. It would appear that only UKIP or the Christian Party/Christian Peoples Alliance can siphon votes from those who are angry enough to vote for the BNP, but just intelligent or moral enough to feel no pride in so doing. These voters only want to send a serious message to the powers that be, and they need an alternative; indeed, it is crucial. I believe that the Christian Party is that alternative and deserves the chance to prove its mettle.
Nightdragon endorses The Christian Party/Christian Peoples Alliance
for the June 4 elections.