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Humanity is not extremism

October 7, 2012
Weirton Daily Times

To the editor:

"Whatsoever you do unto the least of my brethren, you do also unto me." Thus states the best-selling book of all time. It states that the two greatest commands are love of God and love of one's neighbor. One's neighbor is all mankind, even those aged or still in the womb. It is beyond the ken of man to label any life as worthless and decide which innocent life is to be lived and which is to be snuffed out before birth. Yet we have a mandate that insists that everyone cooperate materially in what many consider a grave sin by supporting this procedure monetarily.

By mandating that all pay for distribution of abortion-causing drugs and adamantly denying any conscientious protections, this administration has decreed that only its values are acceptable. It is no less than a tyrannical attempt to eliminate an individual interpretation of virtue. "Such people cannot allow that God is wiser than themselves." (Gregory the Great) What is to follow if President Barack Obama "has more flexibility" is an occasion for great concern.

Contrary to the thinking of the elitists in Washington, pregnancy is not a disease. Amply proven by science, what is gestating is a human being from the moment of conception. In spite of the propaganda from Planned Parenthood, this specious argument that it is only a blob of amorphous tissue has been proven a lie for more than 30 years. From its beginning, this is a nascent human made in the image and likeness of God, and "He does honor to the maker, who cares for what he has made." (Gregory the Great, "On Love of the Poor.)

The mandate of the Department of Health and Human Services that all (exempting 1,700 organizations of Obama supporters) shall participate in the killing of the unborn is a violation of natural law and thousands of years of Judeo-Christian doctrine. By government edict we are are forced to accept inhumanity as normative and progressive and decry humanity and compassion as extremism. The fine for noncompliance is $100 per employee per day. If the voters approve Obama's re-election, what is to happen to those who in good conscience resist this descent into barbarism?

Ed Bednar


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