Statement of Faith by Ron Paul

We live in times of great uncertainty when men of faith must stand up for our values and our traditions lest they be washed away in a sea of fear and relativism. As you likely know, I am running for President of the United States, and I am asking for your support.

I have never been one who is comfortable talking about my faith in the political arena. In fact, the pandering that typically occurs in the election season I find to be distasteful. But for those who have asked, I freely confess that Jesus Christ is my personal Savior, and that I seek His guidance in all that I do. I know, as you do, that our freedoms come not from man, but from God. My record of public service reflects my reverence for the Natural Rights with which we have been endowed by a loving Creator.

I have worked tirelessly to defend and restore those rights for all Americans, born and unborn alike. The right of an innocent, unborn child to life is at the heart of the American ideal of liberty. My professional and legislative record demonstrates my strong commitment to this pro-life principle.

In 40 years of medical practice, I never once considered performing an abortion, nor did I ever find abortion necessary to save the life of a pregnant woman. In Congress, I have authored legislation that seeks to define life as beginning at conception, H.R. 1094. I am also the prime sponsor of H.R. 300, which would negate the effect of Roe v Wade by removing the ability of federal courts to interfere with state legislation to protect life. This is a practical, direct approach to ending federal court tyranny which threatens our constitutional republic and has caused the deaths of 45 million of the unborn. I have also authored H.R. 1095, which prevents federal funds to be used for so-called “population control.” Many talk about being pro-life. I have taken and will continue to advocate direct action to restore protection for the unborn.

I have also acted to protect the lives of Americans by my adherence to the doctrine of “just war.” This doctrine, as articulated by Augustine, suggested that war must only be waged as a last resort— for a discernible moral and public good, with the right intentions, vetted through established legal authorities (a constitutionally required declaration of the Congress), and with a likely probability of success.

It has been and remains my firm belief that the current United Nations-mandated, no-win police action in Iraq fails to meet the high moral threshold required to wage just war. That is why I have offered moral and practical opposition to the invasion, occupation and social engineering police exercise now underway in Iraq. It is my belief, borne out by five years of abject failure and tens of thousands of lost lives, that the Iraq operation has been a dangerous diversion from the rightful and appropriate focus of our efforts to bring to justice to the jihadists that have attacked us and seek still to undermine our nation, our values, and our way of life.

I opposed giving the president power to wage unlimited and unchecked aggression, However, I did vote to support the use of force in Afghanistan. I also authored H.R. 3076, the September 11 Marque and Reprisal Act of 2001. A letter of marque and reprisal is a constitutional tool specifically designed to give the president the authority to respond with appropriate force to those non-state actors who wage aggression against the United States while limiting his authority to only those responsible for the atrocities of that day. Such a limited authorization is consistent with the doctrine of just war and the practical aim of keeping Americans safe while minimizing the costs in blood and treasure of waging such an operation.

On September 17, 2001, I stated on the house floor that “…striking out at six or eight or even ten different countries could well expand this war of which we wanted no part. Without defining the enemy there is no way to know our precise goal or to know when the war is over. Inadvertently more casual acceptance of civilian deaths as part of this war I’m certain will prolong the agony and increase the chances of even more American casualties. We must guard against this if at all possible.” I’m sorry to say that history has proven this to be true.

I am running for president to restore the rule of law and to stand up for our divinely inspired Constitution. I have never voted for legislation that is not specifically authorized by the Constitution. As president, I will never sign a piece of legislation, nor use the power of the executive, in a manner inconsistent with the limitations that the founders envisioned.

Many have given up on America as an exemplar for the world, as a model of freedom, self-government, and self-control. I have not. There is hope for America. I ask you to join me, and to be a part of it.

Sincerely,

Ron Paul

For More Information Contact:
Paul Dorr
Iowa Field Director
RonPaul2008@iowatelecom.net
Phone: 712-758-3660

Ron Paul 2008
Presidential Campaign Committee
www.RonPaul2008.com
Phone: 703-248-9115
FAX: 703-248-9119

Ron Paul Statement of Faith in Jesus

Statement of Faith By Rep. Ron Paul, MD.

We live in times of great uncertainty when men of faith must stand up for our values and our traditions lest they be washed away in a sea of fear and relativism. As you likely know, I am running for President of the United States, and I am asking for your support.

I have never been one who is comfortable talking about my faith in the political arena. In fact, the pandering that typically occurs in the election season I find to be distasteful. But for those who have asked, I freely confess that Jesus Christ is my personal Savior, and that I seek His guidance in all that I do. I know, as you do, that our freedoms come not from man, but from God. My record of public service reflects my reverence for the Natural Rights with which we have been endowed by a loving Creator.

I have worked tirelessly to defend and restore those rights for all Americans, born and unborn alike. The right of an innocent, unborn child to life is at the heart of the American ideal of liberty. My professional and legislative record demonstrates my strong commitment to this pro-life principle.

In 40 years of medical practice, I never once considered performing an abortion, nor did I ever find abortion necessary to save the life of a pregnant woman. In Congress, I have authored legislation that seeks to define life as beginning at conception, H.R. 1094. I am also the prime sponsor of H.R. 300, which would negate the effect of Roe v Wade by removing the ability of federal courts to interfere with state legislation to protect life. This is a practical, direct approach to ending federal court tyranny which threatens our constitutional republic and has caused the deaths of 45 million of the unborn. I have also authored H.R. 1095, which prevents federal funds to be used for so-called “population control.” Many talk about being pro-life. I have taken and will continue to advocate direct action to restore protection for the unborn.

I have also acted to protect the lives of Americans by my adherence to the doctrine of “just war.” This doctrine, as articulated by Augustine, suggested that war must only be waged as a last resort— for a discernible moral and public good, with the right intentions, vetted through established legal authorities (a constitutionally required declaration of the Congress), and with a likely probability of success.

It has been and remains my firm belief that the current United Nations-mandated, no-win police action in Iraq fails to meet the high moral threshold required to wage just war. That is why I have offered moral and practical opposition to the invasion, occupation and social engineering police exercise now underway in Iraq. It is my belief, borne out by five years of abject failure and tens of thousands of lost lives, that the Iraq operation has been a dangerous diversion from the rightful and appropriate focus of our efforts to bring to justice to the jihadists that have attacked us and seek still to undermine our nation, our values, and our way of life.

I opposed giving the president power to wage unlimited and unchecked aggression, However, I did vote to support the use of force in Afghanistan. I also authored H.R. 3076, the September 11 Marque and Reprisal Act of 2001. A letter of marque and reprisal is a constitutional tool specifically designed to give the president the authority to respond with appropriate force to those non-state actors who wage aggression against the United States while limiting his authority to only those responsible for the atrocities of that day. Such a limited authorization is consistent with the doctrine of just war and the practical aim of keeping Americans safe while minimizing the costs in blood and treasure of waging such an operation.

On September 17, 2001, I stated on the house floor that “…striking out at six or eight or even ten different countries could well expand this war of which we wanted no part. Without defining the enemy there is no way to know our precise goal or to know when the war is over. Inadvertently more casual acceptance of civilian deaths as part of this war I’m certain will prolong the agony and increase the chances of even more American casualties. We must guard against this if at all possible.” I’m sorry to say that history has proven this to be true.

I am running for president to restore the rule of law and to stand up for our divinely inspired Constitution. I have never voted for legislation that is not specifically authorized by the Constitution. As president, I will never sign a piece of legislation, nor use the power of the executive, in a manner inconsistent with the limitations that the founders envisioned.

Many have given up on America as an exemplar for the world, as a model of freedom, self-government, and self-control. I have not. There is hope for America. I ask you to join me, and to be a part of it.

Sincerely,

Ron Paul

For More Information Contact:
Paul Dorr
Iowa Field Director
RonPaul2008@iowatelecom.net
Phone: 712-758-3660

Ron Paul 2008
Presidential Campaign Committee
www.RonPaul2008.com
Phone: 703-248-9115
FAX: 703-248-9119

FEDS LEAD INVESTIGATION BECAUSE OF ABORTION ISSUE

Federal investigators have found evidence that Sunday morning’s fire at an Olympia clinic where abortions are performed was started intentionally, and they now are searching for the culprit. Officer Ken Carlson of the Olympia Police Department (left) and Special Agent Dave Johnsen of the ATF investigate the fire at the Eastside Women's Health Clinic on Monday.

They have a few suspects, but none is in custody, Olympia Fire Capt. Kate McDonald said.

The person or persons responsible so far have not been linked to any organization that opposes abortion, said Scott Thomasson, a special agent with the Seattle office of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, which is investigating the arson.

“It seems to be a random act at this time,” Thomasson said.

The arson is a federal crime, however, because the Eastside Women’s Health Clinic is a federally funded health care center, the ATF agent said. The arson does not constitute an act of domestic terrorism, and the FBI, which was investigating the crime Sunday, is no longer involved, Thomasson said.

The arsonist or arsonists ignited the roof of the clinic about 2 a.m. Sunday. Thomasson would not say what was used to start the fire.

Clinic co-owner Shelley Pacheco was tearful for a moment after ATF agents broke the news of the arson, but quickly grew resolute.

“I’m not going to be kicked down that easily,” Pacheco said. “I don’t feel that sense of fear.”

The clinic’s other owner, Nancy Armstrong, said she didn’t think the crime was random.

“The first thing that comes to mind is they’re anti-abortion,” Armstrong said.

If it’s not random, this would be the first time the clinic has been sabotaged in the five years the two women have run it, they said.

It’s the first arson at a Washington abortion clinic since 2001, when a clinic in Spokane was targeted, Thomasson said.

The Olympia clinic does draw picketers every Thursday, Armstrong said. That’s the day the clinic does abortions.

“They harass those patients” as well as patients who come in for cervical cancer surgery, she said.

The picketers have been a fixture since Pat Shively started the business in 1981. Armstrong and Pacheco were clinic employees who bought it from Shively before she died of ovarian cancer in February 2000.

Shively’s three daughters remember living in fear of what abortion protesters might do to them or their mother.

“(My mother) wore a bulletproof vest to work,” said Shively’s daughter, Allison Wolfe. “She carried a Glock (handgun) in a fanny pack.”

Wolfe recalled a weekend when every clinic worker had a pet die or nearly die — they think someone poisoned them. She recalled a death threat her mother got and a day someone set fire to a piece of paper on the front door of their home.

“She worked late, and there were a lot of times when people would throw rocks at the windows (of our house),” said Wolfe. “We would lie on the floors scared.”

But the girls grew up believing the risks were worth it, as their mother did, Wolfe said.

“She thought it was important to have a clinic for women, by women and have it be a feminist atmosphere. She was definitely a pro-choice activist,” said Wolfe. “(Armstrong and Pacheco) were good friends with my mother, and they wanted to continue the tradition. It was important to all of them.”

The clinic now has two practitioners and one physician who serve 30 to 40 patients a day, men and women. For many of those people, it’s their primary care facility, said Armstrong.

The fire does not seem to have spread much beyond the roof: A passer-by called 9-1-1, and the Olympia Fire Department put out the fire within 15 minutes of arriving at the clinic at 2 a.m. Sunday.

And although Armstrong expects the damage to cost more than $100,000, especially if smoke and water harmed expensive medical equipment, she thinks the center will re-open quickly.

“They didn’t accomplish anything. They didn’t bring us down,” she said of the arsonists. “Our patients shouldn’t feel afraid. We will create a safe environment.”

The Olympia Police Department is working with the ATF as they investigate the arson.

ATF agents sifted through debris on the roof of the building and scoured a field behind the clinic and nearby woods Monday. They are taking evidence back to their Maryland lab to investigate further.

The clinic’s owners will be allowed back inside the building this morning, when they can assess the damage and decide how long it might take them to reopen. In the meantime, they are looking into temporary space for clinicians to see patients.

Eulogy For Paul Hill

by Rev. Bruce Evan Murch

Just a few minutes ago, my friend Paul Hill was strapped to a table, and injected with a lethal combination of poisons that ended his life on earth. It was a deliberate killing on the part of the State of Florida.

Paul Hill was a gentle man with a kind face. Not the kind of guy you actually expected to see on the sidewalk in front of the abortion clinic every day they killed babies, calling out to the women and offering help, and calling out to the abortionists to repent from their wickedness and turn to Christ for salvation.

I didn’t know him very long. We met in Chicago in April of 1994. It was a big meeting of pro-life leaders that was gathered precisely to address how we would deal with the first killing of an abortionist by Michael Griffin; the killing of David Gunn in Pensacola, Paul Hill’s home town.

Paul had circulated a statement called “Defensive Action”. For several months he had been trying to get me to sign it. Basically it said, “whatever force is justifiable to use to save a born child is justifiable to use to save an unborn child”.

I agreed with the statement. But I did not sign it. It did not seem “wise” to me. Why would I bring the scrutiny of the feds upon me and my family by signing such a document? We had a group called Project Rescue based in Springfield, Massachusetts at the time. We required everyone who was involved in rescues (blocking abortion clinic doorways) to sign a pledge of non-violence. In a sense I wanted to protect the ministry from the firestorm of criticism that was sure to come if I signed such a document.

But I agreed with it. I still do.

Less than four months after that meeting, Paul took a loaded 12 gauge shotgun, and killed the baby-killer John Britton, and his armed bodyguard, as they got out of his truck to walk the few steps to the building, to go in and butcher 32 unborn children. Those children did not die. John Britton did. He never killed another baby. Over 25 abortionists quit the grisly trade as a direct result of Paul’s actions as well.

Since that time, I have defended Paul Hill’s actions publicly. As a result, the feds have almost continually monitored my phones, and have visited my home. Folks that financially supported our ministry abandoned us.

I remain committed to non-violent direct action to intervene for the babies. But I cannot condemn Paul Hill’s actions either by Scripture or by civil law. If we believe that an unborn child is just as much a “person” in God’s sight as a born person is, then what Paul Hill did was DEFENSE, not “murder”, not “retribution”, not “taking the law into his own hands”, not “vengeance”. Simple defense. Loving your unborn neighbor as you love yourself. Being willing to lay down your life for an “innocent person in danger of loss of life or limb” as our common law describes “Defense of Another”.

Paul Hill fell asleep in Jesus a few minutes ago. I pray that the death of God’s faithful servant will not be in vain. I pray that those who would choose the lives of the abortionists over the lives of the babies would pause and re-think what their stand really means, in practical terms. I pray that his sacrifice for the most innocent and helpless among us will not have been in vain.

I offer this eulogy because I am ashamed. I am ashamed that I was unwilling to sign his Defensive Action Statement nine years ago. Ashamed that though I have prayed for him and his family regularly since his imprisonment, I have not written to him or visited him. I have been “too busy”.

Now he is gone. I did not get to say the things I wanted to say to Paul. I was not even able to get to Florida for the vigil at his execution. But I stand by what I have said for the last nine years: Paul Hill did a righteous deed.

May God have mercy on US.

Rev. Bruce Evan Murch
Full Quiver Mission
http://www.fullquivermission.com
bmurch@fullquivermission.com