At 'Open Book'-- some articulate responses to Amnesty's disastrous policy shift :
"This pattern is repeated over and over again. I have some problems with Amnesty International but I respect their ideas. The problem is that I suspect the leaders of the Amnesty International have so divorced themselves from the reality of the Christian Community they don't know how big of a mistake this is.
Over the past decade we have seen a shift. Let us look at the Catholic Example. Politically Left organizations such as the Catholic Workers Movement and others have younger members that are very radically Orthodox in their faith. I know several people like this and even though I disagree with some of the means they advocate their Goal is Christian. Many Evanglicals, orthodox to the message of Christ, are also branching out into traditionally more liberal progressive organizations that are concerned about basic human rights. We see this in the emergent Church movement. This will be a slap in the face to them and Amnesty International will lose important allies. Why? BEcause I suspect they don't try to understand the Christians in their midist and have left their original misson
I guess my question is why Abortion has to be the left's most Holy Sacrament that must be defended and promoted at all Cost. Why do they feel the need to export this into other Countries.
What does this have to do with torture or war or whatever? The answer is nothing.
I find alot of this ironic. At a time when I see Orthodox Christians in Catholic and Evanglical circles start to question things like State Execution for Captial offenses, Amnesty International is putting them now in a impossible position. Why? Why is abortion again the most Holy Sacrament they must give the World? "
Posted by: jh at May 2, 2007 1:10:57 PM
"...in the context of our work to stop grave human rights abuses against women and girls."
...except those still in the womb. I mean, if you have been raped, you have all our sympathy, but if you are the result of rape, I'm afraid you're out of luck. "
Posted by: Tim J. at May 2, 2007 1:35:06 PM
"Note how abortion has absolutely nothing to do with the original mission of AI, and this stance will obviously alienate a fair number of their current supporters. For organizations on the political left the need to support "abortion rights" apparently trumps all other considerations, even a negative impact on what the organization was set up originally to accomplish. Abortion is truly the high holy of the left.
Posted by: Donald R. McClarey at May 2, 2007 2:19:06 PM