THOMAS: Confessions of a one-trick pony
By Scott Thomas
As a conservative Christian, sometimes I feel like the political equivalent of a one-trick pony. So be it. The fact is, for me, politics really boils down to one issue: abortion.
I can hear it now from liberals and conservatives alike. From believers and non-believers.
ďWith so many challenges facing voters today,Ē theyíll ask with that eyes-rolled-up look that conveys exactly how naÔve they think I am with regard to the big picture, ďHow can you be stuck only the abortion issue?Ē
Two reasons: #1. Itís the only issue where thereís a clear right and wrong. #2. If you understand this issue, youíll understand all the rest.
Take a moment to discuss amongst yourselves . . . Iíll wait . . .
It doesnít matter if your personal source of authority is, like mine, the Bible, or perhaps a man-made document like the U.S. Constitution, or even the laws of nature. Where on earth, under any circumstances, at any time in recorded history, has it been socially or morally acceptable to kill an innocent human being?
Thatís why reason #1 is valid. Abortion kills an innocent human being. Thatís wrong.
Note to pro-abortion/pro-choicers: You know Iím right. You just canít figure out where human life starts. I say itís at conception. To support your argument, itís up to you to work back from birth to pinpoint an exact time that human life did not exist after conception.
Any politician, Republican, Democrat, Libertarian, Reform or Green, who canít figure out that by defending a womanís right to choose, innocent babies are murdered, doesnít get my vote . . . period. Because if politicians canít figure out right from wrong in something this clear cut, how in the world are they going to figure out the right way to handle all the other issues?
I donít trust someone who wonít lift a finger to save an innocent baby to make the right decisions when it comes to helping students and our failing schools.
I donít trust someone who wonít defend our unborn to make the right decisions when it comes to defending this country.
I donít trust someone who canít fathom the human cost of the millions of dead babies since Roe v. Wade to be able to fathom the cost of bringing our bloated state budget in line.
I donít trust someone who devalues the life of an unborn baby to value the lives of our growing number of senior citizens.
And, I certainly donít trust someone who supports the destruction of the family before the baby is even born to defend traditional marriage as the foundation of our society.
For my vote the bottom line is, "If you canít think straight on the issue of abortion, you canít think straight."
Every other issue, with the exception of same sex marriage (Okay, so Iím a two trick pony - I just didnít want to water down the point here), has some grey area, some reasonable basis for debate along social or ideological lines. When it comes to saving the lives of babies and stopping those who would kill them, there is no grey area.
In both the race for President and in the Illinois race for U.S. Senate, there is no grey area among the candidates on the issue of abortion. The re-election of a prolife President, along with electing a prolife U.S. Senator from Illinois and, prayerfully, two to five more pro-life Senators in states like North Dakota, Louisiana, Georgia and others can bring an end to the shameful Democrat filibuster in the U.S. Senate over judicial nominees.
Break the filibuster and pro-life judges will be confirmed and eventually become Supreme Court justices who will overturn Roe v. Wade.
Then, I can trust a Supreme Court that makes the right decision regarding abortion to make the right decision in other cases involving everything else. You see, this one issue has enormous ramifications.
So as a conservative Christian, I may be a one-trick pony. But, Iím willing to ride this horse to victory in November and, eventually, victory in Washington, DC.
May 26, 2004
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Scott Thomas hosts WYLL 1160 AM's afternoon drive home show from 3 to 5 PM each weekday. Thomas returned last year to radio after twenty years in the business arena. He is now studying to be a pastor. Scott regularly features Illinois Leader.com contributors on his show.