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States Should Outlaw Abortion, Consider Secession if the Federal Government Invades to Kill Babies

I read a book by Charles Adams called, "When In the Course of Human Events: An Argument for Southern Secession" that has really got me thinking.  I believe we've had the wool pulled over our eyes about that war.  It is a very good and thorough historical review, and I believe objective; it actually won the National Paradigm Book Award last year - it certainly prompted a paradigm shift in my thinking, a shift which is still moving to the right!  I want to promote public discussion of this very important question in light of the topic of that book: Do states have a right to secede from the Union?

For liberals, the question must be framed in terms that they will accept: For instance, if the Federal government managed to outlaw abortion and homosexuality, and California, who joined the Union by "the consent of the people" decided to leave the Union by "the consent of the people", should they be allowed to do so?  If the Federal government tried to enforce the new laws by force, would it be ethical for California to defend itself against an invading army of "religious totalitarians"?

For conservatives, the question must be framed in other terms: What if a state outlawed abortion, for instance, in defiance of what the people of the state see as the Federal "unlawful law", or what the Bible refers to as "mischief framed by a law".  Then, what if the Federal government threatened to use troops to uphold the Constitutional "right to abort your baby" as the Supreme Court has interpreted it?  What if the Federal government threatened to send military troops to protect the baby-killing industry from the National Guard or police or conscientious state citizens who dared try to make a citizen's arrest of an abortionist?  Would it be ethical for that state to thereafter theaten secession in order to protect innocent life?  And should the Federal government actually enforce the legalization of intrauterine murder by violent force within the boundaries of that state, would it be ethical to repel the invading army with force and actually secede from the United States of America?

That is my first question posed to persons on both sides of the political and sociological spectrum: Can a state democratically secede from the Union if it thinks the cost exceeds the benefit, or if they consider the Federal government guilty of a crime worthy of such a divorce?  I think that both the left and the right will agree that at some point, Federal tyranny would justify state secession and self-defense if the Federals invade.

Second question: Upon what basis may a state secede from the Union?  Here is where the left and right will drastically diverge!

I submit unto you that every governor, every legislature has the God-given obligation to do everything within their power to outlaw the murder of the innocent human beings within their jurisdiction.  According to Romans 13, God is the Highest Power and all rulers have been granted their powers by Him and are subject to Him and His law primarily.  His law is the law of the land, of every land, because His law is without boundaries.  By God's plan, rulers “are not a terror to good works, but to the evil”.  The ruler is “a minister of God to thee for good”.   He “beareth the sword” not in vain, but is ordained by God to be “a revenger to execute wrath upon him that doeth evil”.  Who defines right and wrong, good and evil?  Who defines justice and injustice?  The Highest Power!  The Most Supreme Court!  God is the arbiter of righteousness and justice!  God’s will takes pre-eminence over any democratic consensus, over any lower court, over any petition of the constituents of the state representatives and governor.  All rulers are obligated to rule as God commands, without exception.  And God declares the purposeful killing of innocent human beings to be murder and a capital offense! 

States who do not outlaw the murder of the innocents within their jurisdiction have bloodguilt on their hands.  Deuteronomy 21:1-9 reveals to us that this heavenly curse of bloodguilt even filters down to the communities who do not do justice when the innocent are slain within the borders of their jurisdiction.  In the fear of God, states should therefore immediately outlaw the bloodshed of the babies that the Federal government has justified.  Immediately!  Should the Federal government intervene with force to defend the baby-killers, repelling the invading army who sought to kill its offspring would be ethical.  Secession from the Federal government would be a last resort, but justifiable in order that a godly people may defend its posterity from Federal slaughter.

It all comes down to whose law is worthy of our ultimate devotion: God's or man's.  Would you bow down to the Anti-christ and take the mark of the beast because it was illegal not to?  Would you have spoken out against the Nazi Holocaust in spite of the fact that it was legal to kill Jews?  At which alter do you worship – man’s or God’s?  Is Jesus Lord of all, or does the Supreme Court, does a democratic consensus, or does an evil commandment from the pit of hell have your supreme allegiance whenever the kingdom of light and darkness come into conflict?

God reigns. Period. Jesus said to render unto God what belongs to God, and to Caesar that which belongs to Caesar.  We are NOT to render unto Caesar that which belongs only to God - that is statism, and idolatry.  Caesar usurps authority that does not belong to him when he legalizes sin and outlaws righteousness.

This justification for state secession has firm foundation within the laws of this land.  Congress unanimously sighed the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776, which says:

“…We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.--That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, --That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn, that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security…”  (emphasis mine)

In summary, governments are ordained by God to protect the God-given rights of those within their jurisdiction.  When a government grievously violates those rights, it is the right and duty of the people to throw off such government, and to provide new guards for their future security. 

The crimes of King George III delineated by our forefathers in the Declaration of Independence pales in comparison to the bloodshed justified by our Federal government.  If a Mega-Holocaust-proportion slaughter of 45 million babies doesn’t justify secession then what does? 


(2/03)

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Click over to next page for addendum to article, which includes articles from Joe Sobran, Chuck Baldwin, and Walter Williams, justifying state secession.



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