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May 23, 2022 1:55 pm
This week on Family Policy Matters, we’re bringing you an excerpt from NC Family’s Raleigh Dinner, which was held on May 10, 2022, featuring Dr. Ryan T. Anderson of the Ethics and Public Policy Center. Dr. Anderson discusses the four most contested “truths” in our culture, in Part 1 of a 2-part show.
Family policy matters in engaging and informative weekly radio show and podcast produced by the North Carolina family policy Council hi this is John Ralston, presidency, family, and were grateful to have you with us for this week's program is our prayer that you will be informed, encouraged and inspired by what you hear on family policy matters and that you will fold better equipped to be a voice of persuasion for family values in your community, state and nation instantly bring you an excerpt from NC families rally dinner which was held on May 10, 2022, featuring Dr. Ryan T. Anderson, a renowned author and president of the ethics and Public policy Center. We hope you enjoy part one of this two-part shadow.
When I was texting with John about no, tonight's remarks, I said what if I speak about what to my minor. The foremost's most important kind of civilizational truths that shouldn't be contested, but are you know some of the most controversial issues of our culture today. These things are true, and there things that we can't afford not to get right there true that Jaeger says he says there things that we can't not know and yet we now have an entire generation or two, denying that they know them, denying that they are true and all four of these truths are notable by reason, but they're so important that God reveals them to us in the very first pages of the Bible rains of the four truths that were made in the image and likeness of God, that were created male and female that male and female are created for each other in marriage and that all of us are created for God in a variety of ways. Our culture rejects those truths, it denies those truths. It's built upon their other falsehoods. He shouldn't be partisan issues right. This is an left right Democratic Republic in a conservative liberal. It shouldn't even be a Christian and non-Christian. These things are what St. Paul describes as being written on the heart things that even nonbelievers should know that first one were made in the image and likeness of God wears this most at risk today. We are to her. John speak a little at this.
It has to do with the 65 million unborn Americans who have been unjustly killed in the 49 1/2 years since Roby Wade was handed down. This wasn't just a Supreme Court case that the court got wrong there lots of cases that we could point to to say, the court got that one wrong got this one wrong, etc. it's etc. this was a case that committed injustice in getting the Constitution wrong. It permitted a gross injustice to take place for almost 50 years now 65 million lives lost because of row and then assess in cases like Casey, my wife and I am your three kids, one of whom was in utero. My wife was 38 weeks pregnant when we marched for life this year and we prayed I think we have a firm expectation that this might be the last March for life in January. If the Dobbs decision goes the way that last week's leak indicates that it's going. This could be the end of the row in the Casey regime we could move the annual March for life for life to your the mayor the June date when the opinion gets released. That said, I think all of us should commit ourselves to prayer for the justices safety for their resolve. It's very obvious to me that whoever leak. This was doing it to intimidate one of the justices to flip to join the Chief Justice in finding some compromise position in which Mississippi's law would be upheld. But Roby Wade would also be sustained over some of the week not just an indication of how a case might go but to leak the entire 92 page draft opinion is just you know it's the first time this ever happened literally unprecedented, and it just shows how abortion has corrupted everything it's touched is corrupting our Constitution. It's corrupted our courts it's corrupted the rule of law and the leak is just the latest indication of this undermining one of our few remaining institutions actually worked. Agree or disagree with the Supreme Court.
At least the court was a functioning branch of government.
Not so long ago, Schooley and Ginsberg to be best friends even while disagreeing in writing dissents against each other. This is poisoning of that institution because it needs to rely on trust. All that set out the leak about the court itself was a just a couple things that we could start thinking about the could start working on for the day when row is finally overturned your God willing that'll be later this week or later this month or yet the end of next month. To say we should avoid a series of false dichotomies you'll hear people in the media particular people, pro-choice advocates who are trying to trip us up try to present the pro-life position as it's in either war when I think it necessarily needs to be a both hands. They will they will try to make you either care about the baby or you care about the mother and anyone who has spent any time in the pro-life movement knows it's always been in the DNA of the pro-life movement to care both about the baby and about the mother that women are the secondary victims of abortion, and I think moving forward that needs to continue to be our stance not to pit mother against child or child against mother to love them both and to see it. The even broader than just mother and baby. But there are tertiary and that you know what additional victims of abortion. We've seen how abortions corrupted the practice of medicine.
We've seen how it's harmed our politics or culture are law etc. etc. our response needs to be that we care about all of those things we care about all of those people we care about the way that abortion is harmed everything people similarly is it about a bad etiology, or is it about material need and we don't need to accept the either or it can be both, and there is a lot of bad etiology that undergirds abortion. Anytime you hear someone say that the unborn child as a clump of cells ready can you hear that science doesn't know when life begins when you hear more honest abortion advocates Safeco shorts, a human being, but it's not yet a human person. Those are all etiological claims at the service of a preordained conclusion. No one really believes the unborn child a clump of cells. None of you who text ultrasound pictures to family members when you find out you're expecting none of you have baby books were the very first page. The ultrasound picture are remotely persuaded by the claim that we don't know what the life in the womb is people make those sorts of claims because they already have a preconceived conclusion in mind, which is one that's based upon bad etiology of expressive individualism, right radical autonomy, meaning me. I want to be free to do what I want to do unencumbered from sacrifice, unencumbered from duties to others, unencumbered from responsibilities. One of the things that I've learned since becoming a father is that some of the greatest joys in life are actually as a result of sacrifice of burdens of responsibilities, and so there is a deep, misguided, corrosive etiology that's been growing in modern American culture. This rise of expressive individualism, but such is that there are real material factors, the elites who support abortion. The part of the movement under that shout your abortion and they say that abortions liberating you talk to ordinary women who have experienced abortion. They did not experience. It is liberating they experienced it as the least bad option that they had in front of them. A lot of women do not experience abortion as liberation, but actually is a personal defeat and we should look seriously at both the material causes and the ideological causes which then the next kind of false dichotomies and do you go after the suppliers of abortion or do you go after the kind of so-called root causes and I think you're the pro-life playbook is always been both hand, we want to defund Planned Parenthood right now and as soon as Rose overturned, we want to prohibit lethal violence in the womb. We can both prohibit abortion and provide concrete, tangible support to women facing unplanned pregnancies and in the last false dichotomy is it about the law or is it about the culture and the answer is both, and it's both about changing the law and about changing the culture and these things are symbiotic to mutually reinforce each other there in a mutually destroy each other. Ever he said about the abortion program moving forward. We need all the pregnancy resource centers. We need groups like NC family policy Council bearing witness to the truth.
We need Project Rachel. We need various programs in the culture assisting mother is experiencing unplanned pregnancies assisting women who had abortions and are suffering from the consequences. We need people working to change hearts and minds. We also need people working to change laws.
We can't do it with one or the other. It needs to be both, and the laws need to be holistic, both about protecting unborn babies from abortion and about providing assistance to mothers okay so that's all I want to say about being made in the image and likeness of God is a lot more that we could say but John has me on a very tight leash to make sure you get home on time tonight. Second thing this is something you know I've spoken at these dinners twice before in different cities and I don't think I ever uttered the phrase gender identity either of those dinners because it was said was at least five years ago that I was here, and as soon LGBT activist groups redefined marriage. They pivoted from the LGB part of the acronym to the T part of the acronym and this is something that is touching every segment of America.
This is not something that you can kind of opt out of that you could hide from it's in all of our schools. All of our churches. All of our communities and what I mean by that is not coming from the pulpit, but there are families experiencing this everywhere and their stories are just utterly tragic, utterly heartbreaking. I will mention a couple of reasons why we should be concerned about this. The first thing I'll say is I live in Loudoun County, Virginia, and I can tell from your some of the vocal reaction that you know what I'm getting at here. Your state was prophetic on this HB to. You knew what would happen if you allowed people to use the single-sex facility of their choice that align with their gender identity. So I live in Loudoun County, Virginia two different middle school girls sexually assaulted in the school girls bathroom by the same boy identifying as a girl at the school board meeting. The only person who at that time ended up being arrested was the father of one of those girls who went to the school board meeting to publicly say what happened because of the change of the election. My understanding now is that with the new governor in Richmond, a new Atty. Gen. that section can be a state investigation of the Loudoun County school board end of the school superintendent intended those those two Loudoun County girls are victims of trans ideology so to all of the University of Pennsylvania swim team members who were forced this past year to share a locker room with a fully intact. Boy identifying as a girl forced to shower in the same shower facility change into their swimsuits in the same locker room. So, to work all of the female athletes who didn't metal didn't get their chance at the podium. Because of that athlete. They were victims very quality their fairness and competition was violated when we could give other examples that you pen one's the most recent so too were the female inmates who have been sexually assaulted by men who transferred to female jails because they identify as female. Don't need to be an Ivy League educated person you've predicted what the outcome was likely to be. If you have sex offenders now claiming to be female and asking me transferred to female jails so over a variety of ways in which you could see consequent is consequent as for medical doctors who don't want to perform these procedures are true Catholic hospitals currently being sued by the ACLU because they declined to perform sex reassignment procedures. The biggest consequence are to the people themselves who identify as transgender people struggling with their gender identity.
People who don't quite feel comfortable in their own bodies are people who get caught up in Internet chat rooms and social media means in the social contagion aspect to this. This is an entire abuse of medicine. It's an unethical form of the practice of medicine. We now have children being placed on puberty blocking drugs seven, eight, nine-year-olds because they quote identifies the opposite sex being blocked from ever going through their natural biological development. Those are victims of this terrible ideology, their families are victims.
It's not as if it's just old that only happens to bad parents are old that only happens to people who are, you know secular progressives it's permeated everywhere in our culture and we need people willing to stand up and tell the truth matters. This is been part one of a two-part show featuring Dr. Ryan T. Anderson, who was the keynote speaker and NC families Raleigh dinner on May 10, 2022. Be sure to tune in next week to hear part two of Dr. Anderson's address for more information about NC family firstname.lastname@example.org that's NC family.org. Thanks again for listening and may God bless you and your family