Saturday, January 20, 2007

"National Sanctity of Human Life We Find Worthy" Day

From the White House. With comments in parentheses from Haggis House.

National Sanctity of Human Life Day, 2007 (the other 364 days? Don't ask.)
A Proclamation by the President of the United States of America

America was founded on the principle that we are all endowed by our Creator with the right to life and that every individual has dignity and worth. National Sanctity of Human Life Day helps foster a culture of life and reinforces our commitment to building a compassionate society that respects the value of every human being (unless that human being happens to be gay, opposed to the war in Iraq, working in a family planning clinic, utilizing the services of a family planning clinic, or desirous of exercising their civil rights guaranteed by the constitution without being branded a borderline traitor).

Among the most basic duties of Government is to defend the unalienable right to life, and my Administration is committed to protecting our society's most vulnerable members. (Really? Remind us how you do that by cutting programs that benefit children?) We are vigorously promoting parental notification laws, adoption, abstinence education, crisis pregnancy programs, and the vital work of faith-based groups. Through the "Born-Alive Infants Protection Act of 2002," the "Partial-Birth Abortion Ban Act of 2003," and the "Unborn Victims of Violence Act of 2004," we are helping to make our country a more hopeful place. (How about finally supporting actual sex education? How about giving kids the tools to say no, to protect themselves if they say yes, and the access to factual science--rather than that they should just say no or that they are going to hell if they say yes--or through your assault on scientific principles--telling women that abortions cause cancer? How about some intellectual honesty? How about dealing with the problem as it exists rather than as you believe it should be...in 1957?)

One of our society's challenges today is to harness the power of science to ease human suffering without sanctioning practices that violate the dignity of human life. With the right policies, we can continue to achieve scientific progress while living up to our ethical and moral responsibilities. (Again, whose science? Jesus' science? "God's" science? YOUR science as it fits with your narrow little theocratic heliocentric medieval view of our world?)

National Sanctity of Human Life Day serves as a reminder that we must value human life in all forms, not just those considered healthy, wanted, or convenient. (Such as those who might be civilians in Iraq, perhaps. Or those who who might be wanted by same-sex parents not related to your Vice President?) Together, we can work toward a day when the dignity and humanity of every person is respected. (The first step on that long road? Making sure the door doesn't hit you in the ass on your way out of the White House.)

NOW, THEREFORE, I, GEORGE W. BUSH, President of the United States of America, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and laws of the United States (and the Supreme Court circa 2000, Diebold circa 2004, and the NSA circa now), do hereby proclaim Sunday, January 21, 2007, as National Sanctity of Human Life Day. I call upon all Americans to recognize this day with appropriate ceremonies and to underscore our commitment to respecting and protecting the life and dignity of every human being (just not the liberal or Iraqi man-on-the-street or gay ones, though).

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this eighteenth day of January, in the year of our Lord two thousand seven, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and thirty-first.

GEORGE W. BUSH

2 comments:

Raine said...

National Sanctity of Human Life Day has just been put "on notice" too.

The year of our Lord. Phaw. I read a book once. It had a very apt title.

The Year of Our War.

Vigilante said...

Thanks for catching this, E. I'll let the word go out: I'll be telling everyone I see tomorrow, for sure.