Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Compromise Can Be a Deadly Practice

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To be or not to be is not a question of compromise. Either you be or you don't be.
--Golda Meir (Israeli Founder and Prime Minister. 1898-1978)

Most of us have heard of the "Hyde Amendment" named for Henry Hyde, the Republican Congressman from Illinois, who served in Congress for 32 years.

Hyde was a strong, uncompromising pro-life lawmaker. His pro-life "Hyde Amendment" has been attached to Congressional spending bills since 1976. He passed away in 2007.

His goal with the "Hyde Amendment"? It was to bar the use of federal funds to pay for abortions.

A change---a compromise, in Henry Hyde's amendment in 1977, has now become a stumbling block for pro-life legislators seeking to bar state spending on abortions. Reuters says if Hyde knew, he would "turn over in his grave."

It all happened with a little compromise allowed by pro-life advocates. A little so-called "fairness" a little "bi-partisanship" on an absolute principle--the sanctity of life.

You've read what the "little foxes do to the vines," well, here's what has happened.

In 1977, pro-life advocates allowed a slight change to Hyde's Amendment. They agreed to allow exceptions on funding for pregnancies that result from rape and incest.

Keith Mason, founder and president of Personhood USA, told the press that in a strange twist of fate, the "Hyde Amendment" ---whose purpose was to deny federal funding of abortion, has now become a stumbling block in efforts to stop state funding of abortions altogether.

He said, "A compromise in legislation that was part of the pro-life movement is the very hurdle that we have to overcome."

Pro-life leaders and state legislators are dealing with this issue.

For example, Louisiana State Representative John La Bruzzo, who sponsored a bill in his state to eliminate funding for abortion said, "The Hyde Amendment, or rather the exception to the Amendment, is our primary obstacle right now."

The Louisiana law, that has been de-railed for the moment, would have been a direct challenge to Roe v. Wade.

I have linked the story above. Note the bias on the part of "news" provider Reuters.

Also note where compromise takes us on absolute truth and principles.

Bi-partisanship is not the equivalent of patriotism, nor is compromise a Christian virtue when it is dealing with the sanctity of life.

There may have been a time in a far away place, when the political parties were not that far apart. This is not that day. A call for "bi-partisanship" from the far left is, in reality, a call for compromise on the part of people of faith and conservatives.

It has been said, "Peace won by the compromise of principles is a short-lived achievement."

I would say it again.

Be Vigilant. Be Firm. Be Certain. Be Discerning. Be Active. Be Prayerful. Be Blessed.

Gary Randall
Faith and Freedom

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  1. Amen Gary. Compromise with evil is always a zero sum game. Christians have given away way too much via this process over the past 20 years, including their children to a Godless educational system that now wants to ban the use of the word Amen!!!!! Cindy Zapotocky, Spokane

  2. Pastor Randall:

    I was a supporter of yours and and a signatory on a petition to get R-71 on the ballot. Twice before I have asked you - nay begged you - to let me and the tens of thousands of other petition signers know what was going on with the lawsuit over the release of the petitions. It is our names on the line and we were relying on you to keep us informed. You have ignored me.

    To anyone who is concerned about this, I have learned - through my own efforts and with absolutely no help from Pastor Randall - that the trial will be in September. So if Protect Marriage loses, our names could be public that month or the next.

    Pastor Randall, whatever happens in September, you have completely failed your supporters. It is appalling that you would leave us in the dark, even after being asked for information. It is even more appalling for you to leave us in the dark, since you are telling the court that there is a risk of harassment if the names are released. When were you planning on letting us know, when the names were online?

    You show contempt for us, so don't expect signatures and cash in the future.

  3. Faith and Freedom Staff3:19 PM, June 14, 2011

    To Above Post.
    Gary has announced the R-71 trial several times. It was originally scheduled for May 30, which was announced 3 times.

    It was changed to September 27. Two alerts have gone out noting the change.

    The latest alert was sent to the entire list in May. THIS IS A COPY OF THE ALERT.
    Several have asked about the R-71 trial. We had noted earlier that it has been changed.

    It is now scheduled for September 27, 2011. It is expected to be a five-day trial. The names of those who signed the R-71 petitions remained sealed from the public.

    Following is a copy of the order:

    United States District Court
    Western District of Washington
    Tacoma Division
    John Doe #1, an individual, John Doe #2, an
    individual, and Protect Marriage
    Sam Reed, in his official capacity as Secretary
    of State of Washington, Brenda Galarza, in
    her official capacity as Public Records Officer
    for the Secretary of State of Washington,
    No. 3:09-CV-05456-BHS
    The Honorable Benjamin H. Settle
    Order Granting Extension of Time
    This matter is before the Court on the parties' Agreed Motion for Extension of Time.
    Having reviewed the motion and the arguments in support thereof, the Court finds that an
    extension of time is warranted in this case, for good cause shown. See L.R. 10(g).
    The motion for an extension of time is hereby GRANTED. The Court's order, dated
    November 15, 2010 (Dkt. 182), is hereby amended, so that the following deadlines apply. All
    terms, conditions, and specific instructions contained in the minute order of November 15, 2010
    (Dkt. 182), other than the dates listed below, continue in full force and are unaltered by this
    Case 3:09-cv-05456-BHS Document 191 Filed 01/12/11 Page 1 of 2
    Mot. for Extension of Time
    (No. 3:09-CV-05456-BHS)
    Terre Haute, Indiana 47807-3510
    (812) 232-2434
    FIVE-DAY BENCH TRIAL, set for 9:00 a.m. September 27, 2011
    All dispositive motions must be filed by June 29, 2011
    Settlement conference, per L.R. 39.1(c)(2), held
    no later than July 29, 2011
    Mediation, per L.R. 39.1(c), held no later than August 18, 2011
    Letter of compliance, per L.R. 39.1, filed by August 29, 2011
    Motions in limine, filed by August 22, 2011
    Agreed pretrial order, filed by September 6, 2011
    Pretrial conference will be held at 11:00 a.m. on September 12, 2011
    Trial briefs and proposed findings
    and conclusions due September 6, 2011
    Dated: January 10, 2011
    United States District Judge

    Gary Randall

    Faith & Freedom

    Gary Randall

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