Enhanced Interrogations

Enhanced Interrogation

In response to the enhanced interrogation methods (a.k.a. waterboarding) used during the Bush administration, the American Psychological Association issued a revision of its ethical guidelines on February 10, 2010 to prohibit a psychologist’s participation in any activity in which an individual’s human rights are violated. In George W. Bush’s Decision Points, the former president states that waterboarding was only used on three individuals. Other enhanced interrogation methods were used on the rest of the terrorists, thirty to forty, at the most. Contrast this with information provided by the U.S. Census Bureau that says, from 1990 through 2006, a staggering 970,434,000 abortions were performed in the United States.

Psychologists Threatened with Loss of License

Am I the only one who sees the irony here? Three individuals are waterboarded and the American Psychological Association expresses outrage over such treatment and  threatens psychologists with losing their license should they participate in this type of program. And yet, almost one billion individuals are killed through an ‘enhanced measure’ called an abortion, more gruesome than what any terrorist faced.  And despite what science says about a fetus being fully human,  my profession says nothing about my direct participation in ‘therapy’ designed to violate an individual’s human rights simply because they’re in someone else’s womb. Furthermore, if I counsel enough women and help them to end the life of their unborn child, it’s even possible for me to receive an award from my fellow professionals for this ‘service’ to the community.

What is Choice?

In Part 3 of The Christian Manifesto, Dr. Francis Schaeffer concludes his remarks on abortion and gives his definition of What is Choice. He states that “When a government negates the law of God, it (gives up) its authority.” He goes on to suggest what our responsibilities are as Believers when faced with such a government.

The Christian Manifesto – Part 3 of 3

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Torture (of Any Kind) is Terror

At the very least, I would expect from the American Psychological Association, the American Medical Association, and the American Psychiatric Association a serious ongoing debate regarding the ethics of aborting an individual, a sober discussion at least as intense as the one conducted over waterboarding, instead of a casual disregard for the life growing inside of another. Regardless of the side on which you stand, a decision of this magnitude should not be made lightly. And given that each of the above mentioned groups looks to science for answers, ethical as well as professional consideration should be given to the scientific evidence that shows a person inside a womb to be just as human as those of us already born.

For the Record

I’m against all forms of torture that violate human rights, whether it’s to obtain information from a terrorist or to end a life so that someone else is not inconvenienced.

But Is It a Person?

Value of the Life vs. the Happiness of the Mother

On January 11, 1982, an article appeared in Newsweek titled, But Is It a Person? After five pages of scientific evidence showing that a baby in the womb is indeed human life, the article concluded that the problem was not in determining the beginning of life, but when “other considerations such as the health or even the happiness of the mother begins to outweigh the value of that life.” …scary proposition, if you ask me. For if I can arbitrarily decide that my happiness has more value than a life inside the womb and thus terminate it, then it’s just a few short steps for society to arbitrarily decide to take anyone’s life if that society deems it to be in its best interest. By the way, this type of reasoning was what led to the death of millions in Nazi Germany during WWII. In part 2 of The Christian Manifesto, Dr. Francis Schaeffer speaks on the issue of abortion and of how this nation is rapidly “moving toward a totally humanistic society.”

The Christian Manifesto – Part 2 of 3

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Prophetic Words

Is it possible that the prophetic words Dr. Schaeffer spoke a generation ago have come to pass, that we have already become a “totally humanistic society” in which humanistic ‘theology’ now guides our country instead of the Christian principles upon which our founding fathers built this nation?

Is It Too Late For Revival?

The great revivals of the past not only called for individual salvation but also brought forth real social change. The only question remaining is this: Is revival enough to change the direction of our culture? Or do we need another Reformation of the same magnitude as Martin Luther nailing his Ninety-Five Theses on the door of All Saints Church in Wittenberg to rid this country of the ‘psychological indulgences’ designed to absolve guilt for what the Bible calls sin, indulgences casually given out by the ‘high priests’ of this society: the therapists, clinicians, physicians, the courts, and liberal theologians? Though it is essential that Christians stand against this onslaught from the enemy, true change will only come as God’s people go to their knees and pray for the Spirit of God to change the heart of this nation.

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