The Ardent Nancy Pelosi – Jared
August 26, 2008 1 Comment
Well, our Speaker of the House, for all of her apparent successes (you know, first female Speaker, closest woman ever to the presidency), doesn’t seem to have her own religious beliefs down. Quite a pity, but whether she is truly Catholic matters not in her district. San Francisco is not known for its particularly moderate views on anything. But based on this exchange with Tom Brokaw, can Pelosi really call herself a Catholic?
PELOSI: I would say that as an ardent, practicing Catholic, this is an issue that I have studied for a long time. And what I know is, over the centuries, the doctors of the church have not been able to make that definition. And Senator–St. Augustine [sic] said at three months. We don’t know. The point is, is that it shouldn’t have an impact on the woman’s right to choose. Roe v. Wade talks about very clear definitions of when the child–first trimester, certain considerations; second trimester; not so third trimester.
Tilly talked earlier about how abortion devalues life and opens the doors to many things (think China’s government sponsored one child policy). But Tilly spoke on that, and I want to analyze Pelosi’s argument. First off, she states that the Roman Catholic Church has for centuries, argued over the definition, and St. Augustin (I wonder who she was thinking of when she accidentally said “Senator”) said at three months it becomes life. But we still don’t know.
Well, let us look at that. Last I check, the Roman Catholic Church still bases itself on the Bible, so what does the Bible say?
For you formed my inward parts;
you knitted me together in my mother’s womb.
Behold, I was brought forth in iniquity,
and in sin did my mother conceive me.
What this says is that first, God created mankind, and second, that mankind was sinful from birth. Original sin is in place, so according to God, this is a human being inside a woman’s body.
Catholic’s also appeal to church fathers in many ways, like strict constitutionalists refer back to The Federalist Papers and other writings. Tertullian wrote that “In our case, a murder being once for all forbidden, we may not destroy even the fetus in the womb” (Apology 9:8 [A.D. 197]). Catholicism and abortion don’t mix. You sure you are “ardent” Madame Speaker?
Let us input our government for a second. Can the US government support abortion? Let us do founding documents again. The Declaration of Independence says “that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.” Abortion is therefore, denying a human life the chance for “Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness”.
So, we have to know at which point the fetus is alive to know for sure. Well, from the beginning, there is human DNA. So, in its nature, it is human. If left alone, it will not turn into a dog or a giraffe, so it is undeniably human. So to end that life at any time is murder.
Let us hope our Speaker of the House does not try to educate us on the ins and outs of something really important, like energy policy.