Of Ralph Northam & The Spiritual Darkness All Around Us

Advocating the murder of a live infant is neither shocking or politically disqualifying in 21st century America.

The Virginia governor defended a late term abortion bill proposed in the Virginia House of Delegates by Kathy Tran that would wipe away the current Virginia law that require three doctors to agree on the medical necessity of any late term abortion and would allow the killing of the baby/fetus up to and including when the baby is in the birth canal and the mother is in a state of dilation. (By the way Tran unironically introduced legislation the same day that would protect the fall canker worm, a destructive variety of caterpillar.)

 

I pastor a small church in the Northern Virginia town of Haymarket. It is an insanely financially prosperous area.  The average household income in our zip code is north of $150K a year. Everything around here is shiny, upscale and new (unless of course it’s historical).  Even the side walk in town is new, they tore up the perfectly good (and seemingly not very old) sidewalk along the main street to install a brand new and more aesthetically pleasing red brick walkway.  I grew up on the Northside of Pittsburgh, and even though we moved to a small apartment “out where the rich people lived” when I was in high school, none of this is familiar. But even though the material surroundings are foreign to me, the spiritual condition here is not. Over all of the prosperity and the freshly paved roads packed with luxury SUVs, deluxe Hybrids and Teslas (really, the Tesla charging stations at the local gas station are almost always occupied) hangs a cloud of profound spiritual darkness.

There is a good chance you heard what the governor of our state said last week on WTOP, the most powerful AM radio station in our area. If you haven’t here is the exact quote, “The infant would be delivered. The infant would be kept comfortable. The infant would be resuscitated if that’s what the mother and the family desired, and then a discussion would ensue between the physicians and the mother. So I think this was really blown out of proportion.” 

He said that defending a late term abortion bill proposed in the Virginia House of Delegates proposed by Kathy Tran (who represents an equally prosperous portion of neighboring Fairfax County, by the way the 3rd wealthiest county in the U.S. behind another neighboring northern Virginia County, Loudoun and a very nearby county in MD) that would wipe away the current Virginia law that require three doctors to agree on the medical necessity of any late term abortion and would allow the killing of the baby/fetus up to and including when the baby is in the birth canal and the mother is in a state of dilation. (By the way Tran unironically introduced legislation the same day that would protect the fall canker worm, a destructive variety of caterpillar.)

Thankfully, in God’s sovereignty, that bill was tabled, essentially defeating it, in the legislature. But the governor not only defended the proposal, he let slip that he didn’t think it went far enough. Notice what he actually said, he (a trained physician, just like Josef Mengele), used the term “infant” three times. In fact he started by saying “The infant would be delivered.” He didn’t misspeak, after all as he is fond of pointing out he is a pediatrician. He wasn’t talking about abortion, he was talking about infanticide. He was talking about killing a baby that was alive outside of the womb. He didn’t misspeak, he didn’t think it was a big deal. Or to put it in his own words “I think this was really blown out of proportion.”

That is pure evil. But his words aren’t what shook me to the core, as I was freshly reminded of the great evil that permeates our society, it was the dead eyed reaction of the two radio hosts. As the governor casually spoke about what is unambiguously murder under the laws of the state that he swore to uphold, they showed absolutely no response at all. Don’t believe me? Watch the video here.

What’s more a politician with presidential aspirations (now scuttled because a yearbook page from his final year of medical school, when he was a grown man of 25, not a misguided high school kid, and mere months from taking his oaths as an Army Officer, surfaced that made clear that his disdain of image bearers includes at least babies and people of different races) apparently didn’t think advocating for infanticide would harm his political prospects.

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