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Heeding God's Call

Updated on July 4, 2011

As a Catholic, I was subjected to a few more than subtle reminders that this past weekend was the anniversary of the Supreme Court's Roe v Wade decison that made abortion legal in America.

I'm sure there many at that mass, at masses at other Catholic Churches, and at other Christian, and other faith's services that would be boarding buses for the 'March For Life' that was held on Monday, January 24th.

What I'm curious about , is how many people from my Harrisburg, PA area who were at that rally will be at the January 29th meeting of Heeding God's Call, a faith-based organization devoted to preventing gun violence. Considering the "Pro-Life" movment's fetal focus, likely not many. More than a few that were at that march are members of groups like the National Rifle Association that favor nearly unrestricted access of Americans to firearms. Many accept the violent rhetoric of people like Beck and Limbaugh.  Almost all were solidly behind Bush's imperial "war on terror". 

But I also wonder how well the "peace and justice" community will be represented at this meeting.  These people who have stood against war and empire.  It seems to me that if you wish to have peace in the world, you need peace on your streets.  Opposing nuclear escalation is fine, but what of the stream of firearms that come onto the streets?  

Christ himself said that peacemakers are blessed, but here to me is a chance to answer that call.  I wonder how many will answer it! 


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    • Micky Dee profile image

      Micky Dee 6 years ago

      "Opposing nuclear escalation is fine, but what of the stream of firearms that come onto the streets?" America is an arms dealer! God bless!

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      Sembj 6 years ago

      I checked out this article after reading your profile; I enjoyed reading both and particularly like that you believe that God has given you a mind that you're meant to use. It does seem strange that abortions and guns are the topic of endless debates in the US more than any other country. Most countries have either yet to have the debates or have finished with them; settled them to most people's satisfaction; and have gone on to other topics. Sometimes these debates seem like they are a distraction from far weightier topics that affect people's lives. I enjoyed your thoughts - thanks.

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      Paul Swendson 6 years ago

      It's strange how people assume that certain political positions inevitably go together. There is no reason why someone who is pro-life would also be pro-gun, although you could make a case that it is possible to be both. Personally, I don't particularly like either guns or abortions. I recognize, however, that simply banning them is not going to stop the abortions and shootings that no one really likes.

      What I would like to see is a discussion by people with opposing political positions about what they can agree upon. Are there practical policies that can reduce the amount of gun violence and abortions? Unfortunately, discussions tend to degenerate into extreme positions of right and wrong, and little gets done to bring practical improvements.

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      sir slave 6 years ago from Trinity county CA.


      that Is a real weird dichotemy? !!

      protect the christian fetuses but kill everybody else.

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      Mr. Happy 6 years ago from Toronto, Canada

      "You live by the sword, you die by the sword" - right?

      So if they (politicians and corporate goofs) want no gun control, wait until some nutcase riddles their motorcade with fifty caliber bullets. Then, they might think again ...

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      Jazzie53 6 years ago

      As a Buddhist, I was curious when I saw this topic. You bring up some excellent points. I worked in social services for nearly 25 years. I have heard probably every possible view-point on abortion. I have had to make that difficult choice once myself. My husband and I dearly wanted a child. I miscarried twice due to health issues. While working on those health issues, I became pregnant again. There was no doubt that this pregnancy risked my life. My husband and family supported my decision to end the pregnancy early on. The opposition I ran into even in the medical world made a soul-crushing decision even more difficult. I do not think any woman who has to make that decision ever does so lightly. Fortunately, less than a year later my health improved dramatically, and we now have a brilliant teenage son who is off to college this fall. You have no idea how many times I have mourned the child I missed having. I know it was the right choice for me, and no one else could have made that choice for me...not the doctors, not the politicians, not my religious community, not even my husband. And you do well to connect the dots between the pro-life groups and the pro-gun at any cost groups. I look forward to reading more of your work.


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      TeaPartyCrasher 6 years ago from Camp Hill, PA


      So am I. My point was that many who claim to be "Pro-Life" are the same people who seem to believe that the right to possess lethal weapons is absolute. . .

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      sir slave 6 years ago from Trinity county CA.

      Thank you for standing up for gun control, I am however pro-choice. We need to worry about the folks who are here already instead of making sure everybody who can, gets born into poverty.

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      tom hellert 6 years ago from home


      interesting hub here an interesting catch -44 twice as complicated as the standrd catch-22.

      I a Christian am not in favor of seemingly allot of things- Being a gun owner does not mean you are in favor of murder- it's just being prepared to defend yourself if need be- i am one of the few Christian Republicanss I know that is not all squirrelly about abortion I do not endorse abortion as a means of contraception but i am not oppossed to early or early mid term abortions- I hate the arguement that proceeds with "What if your mom aborted you?" "well I guess I would not be having tis inane debate." Murder is murder but protection from harm is at least justifiable in my opinion-If someone is threatening your life-you can gank him. doesn't sound very Christian but - I will never be nominated for a saint-



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      Allen Werner 6 years ago from West Allis

      Hypocrisy is still an issue in Christianity because Christians are too involved with lawmaking. The presence of laws don't make justice occur, and truthfully, every new law requires new trainings and new soldiers, policemen, auditors, managers, and a host of other offices to exact compliance. The fact that people pick and choose which laws they want usually has to do with those which effect them the most. Deregulation is great in an industry in which you make money. Regulation is wonderful whereever you don't have any vested interest and it appears to be a social blight. As far as I am concerned, no law would be the best law - but people seem to feel that such thinking will result in anarchy. I personally don't. Peace

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      Mr. Happy 6 years ago from Toronto, Canada

      "Guns don't kill people, people kill people." - That's the answer you would get ... I heard it countless times.

      Most of the time the shootings and killings happen in ghettos or away from wealthy neighborhoods therefore, who cares?

      Poor people don't have lobbyists working on Capitol Hill. It is the wealthy people that have lobbyists, coincidentally some of them also make guns so they profit from the sale and use of them. They want no regulations on their products! Just like the bankers.

      They make the laws (those who pay through lobbyists).