By Gina Liggett
The 40 Days for Life campaign is to begin September 24 across more than 170 cities in the United States and Canada. Its purpose is to rally the faithful for prayer, fasting, and protest at Planned Parenthood clinics in opposition to abortion.
This is not just an exercise of free speech. The purpose is to inspire religious people to do whatever they can to get abortion outlawed, illegalized, forbidden and eliminated in this country--permanently.
And to accomplish that goal, they will have to attack the separation of church and state.
Denver Archbishop Chaput's successful new book, Render Unto Caeser, is an inspirational for crossing that line:
Politics involves the use of power. How we use that power has moral consequences. As Catholic citizens, we have a Gospel duty to work for justice through our nation's public policies. How we live our Catholic faith in our political decision-making has implications both for our nation's moral health and our own relationship with God.Chaput has announced that the Denver Catholic community will also be joining in the 40 days event. While the Colorado Catholic leadership does not officially support Colorado's personhood amendment (an attempt to directly attack Roe v Wade), it is only because they disagree with it as a strategy. But on principle, Chaput is willing to join forces with Evangelicals in their unabated opposition against abortion.
Neither the Catholics or Evangelicals have ever provided a rational philosophical argument against abortion, because one doesn't exist. They cling to bible quotes and prayer... and pass laws against abortion.
If you have any doubt about whether or not America has its own Taliban, let one of its religious leaders clear it up for you (Chaput, explaining the title of his book):
Christians owe respect and appropriate obedience to secular authority, because that authority ultimately draws its legitimacy from God. But Caesar is not God. Caesar's authority is limited. More to the point: Secular law does not trump God's law.