CHRISTIAN LEADER CALLS FOR CIVIL DISOBEDIENCE

November 10, 2016 Posted by: Bill Duvall

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CHRISTIAN LEADER CALLS FOR CIVIL DISOBEDIENCE

Evangelical leader Dr. James Dobson has called for civil disobedience against a law in California which requires pregnancy centers to inform women about abortion services that are publicly funded.

Dr. Dobson, a leading conservative voice in America, stated in a column for Charisma News that the requirement to inform women about abortion options was “a violation of our Christian conscience.”

The controversial call for civil disobedience came as a federal judge sided with women’s health provider Planned Parenthood in a lawsuit aiming to block a Mississippi law that barred medical providers that perform abortions from participating in the state’s Medicaid program. Medicaid is a health insurance program for the poor run jointly by the federal government and individual states.

Dr. Dobson went on in the Charisma column to say, “Christians across America must express their outrage at the Ninth Circuit Court’s ruling to uphold California’s so called ‘Reproductive FACT Act.’ This decision will require 150 pro-life crisis pregnancy clinics across the state to promote abortion services to the women they serve.

Since Roe v. Wade, privately funded crisis pregnancy centers across America have provided a refuge and an alternative to women who might have otherwise chosen abortion. They are vitally important in the fight to promote a culture of life, adoption and health. This ruling now forces these clinics to violate their sincerely held religious beliefs, and it is an affront to our constitutionally mandated rights to life and to religious freedom.

This decision is further affirmation of the importance of this presidential election. Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump will be responsible for appointing the replacement of Antonin Scalia, and—in all likelihood—two to three other Supreme Court Justices. That court will eventually decide whether or not this remains the law in California and becomes law across America.

This law—and laws like it—violate the U.S. Constitution, and they are a violation of our Christian conscience, and this ruling is yet another example of the power of activist judges. I encourage anyone with a voice to use it and to do so urgently.

I have a simple word of advice to those pastors, priests and others who run California’s crisis pregnancy centers. If California attempts to enforce this law, then do not comply. Make them put you in jail.”

IAP is in agreement with Dr. Dobson’s position and feels the federal courts manned with activist judges have no right to overturn legally enacted state laws designed to protect the rights of the unborn. Our Principles of Liberty that directly support this position are:

Principle 1

We believe that no people can maintain freedom unless their political institutions are founded upon faith in God and belief in the existence of moral law.

Since God is the creator of all life, privately funded pregnancy centers have NO moral obligation to inform their clients about abortion choices and should not be denied Medicaid payment for their services.

Principle 2

We believe that God has endowed men with certain unalienable rights as set forth in the Declaration of Independence and that no legislature and no majority, however great, may morally limit or destroy these; that the sole function of government is to protect life, liberty, and property …

When our government fails to protect the life and liberty of our most helpless, the unborn, they have morally violated the main tenet of the sole function of government.

Principle 5

We hold that the Constitution denies government the power to take from the individual either his life, liberty, or property except in accordance with moral law; that the same moral law which governs the actions of men when acting alone is also applicable when …

Our federal government and, by extension, the federal courts, are not acting in accordance with moral law when they fail to support our Christian conscience while supporting immoral laws.

 

 



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