Update: To hear us tell Matthew’s story, go to the West Side Baptist Church website. Click on “Sermons,” then click on “hear audio” for the January 18th sermon titled “Drifters.”
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Yesterday was National Sanctity of Human Life Day, a day, declared by President Bush, set aside to “recognize that each person, including every person waiting to be born, has a special place and purpose in this world.”
We had the honor of sharing Matthew’s story during church services yesterday. It went very well, and was well received and appreciated. Matthew did his part by putting on a great show while we were talking – waving, smiling, doing his “Soooo Big,” and doing everything he could to grab the microphone! During the second service, the congregation broke out into applause when I talked about his miraculous healing. Matthew knew everyone was clapping for him (because, aren’t they always?), and clapped right along. It was great. Afterwards, many people expressed their appreciation to us, and of course, stopped us to say just how CUTE Matthew is!
This week, I want to share some more posts regarding the sanctity of life. For now, here is the full text of President Bush’s proclamation. We have appreciated so much having a leader willing to stand up for human life. As a new administration takes office, the fight for life is going to need more warriors, a united front, and renewed strength.
National Sanctity of Human Life Day, 2009
A Proclamation by the President of the United States of America
All human life is a gift from our Creator that is sacred, unique, and worthy of protection. On National Sanctity of Human Life Day, our country recognizes that each person, including every person waiting to be born, has a special place and purpose in this world. We also underscore our dedication to heeding this message of conscience by speaking up for the weak and voiceless among us.
The most basic duty of government is to protect the life of the innocent. My Administration has been committed to building a culture of life by vigorously promoting adoption and parental notification laws, opposing Federal funding for abortions overseas, encouraging teen abstinence, and funding crisis pregnancy programs. In 2002, I was honored to sign into law the Born-Alive Infants Protection Act, which extends legal protection to children who survive an abortion attempt. I signed legislation in 2003 to ban the cruel practice of partial-birth abortion, and that law represents our commitment to building a culture of life in America. Also, I was proud to sign the Unborn Victims of Violence Act of 2004, which allows authorities to charge a person who causes death or injury to a child in the womb with a separate offense in addition to any charges relating to the mother.
America is a caring Nation, and our values should guide us as we harness the gifts of science. In our zeal for new treatments and cures, we must never abandon our fundamental morals. We can achieve the great breakthroughs we all seek with reverence for the gift of life.
The sanctity of life is written in the hearts of all men and women. On this day and throughout the year, we aspire to build a society in which every child is welcome in life and protected in law. We also encourage more of our fellow Americans to join our just and noble cause. History tells us that with a cause rooted in our deepest principles and appealing to the best instincts of our citizens, we will prevail.
NOW, THEREFORE, I, GEORGE W. BUSH, President of the United States of America, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and laws of the United States, do hereby proclaim January 18, 2009, as National Sanctity of Human Life Day. I call upon all Americans to recognize this day with appropriate ceremonies and to underscore our commitment to respecting and protecting the life and dignity of every human being.
IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this fifteenth day of January, in the year of our Lord two thousand nine, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and thirty-third.
GEORGE W. BUSH