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LETTER: N.D. pastors, speak out in favor of Measure 1

The prophets/preachers in the Bible raised their voices against the moral, social, and spiritual evils of their day. This was their divinely-assigned task, as God’s servants.

But today, it seems as though influence, “political correctness,” job security and fear are more important to many church leaders than following God’s Word.

It is a shame when Planned Parenthood’s lackeys and other liberals can argue their inaccuracies and misinformation against taking any steps toward protecting the lives of the unborn (i.e., Measure 1 — the human life amendment), but many pastors can’t seem to find their voice. In truth, this isn’t even a political issue, but a moral one.

The proposed amendment, approved by a bipartisan North Dakota Legislature, by its very wording is neither self-executing nor vague. It DOES NOT create any new laws, and it would not annul or overrule current statutes concerning end-of-life issues, as so many are falsely stating, without legal challenge and a decision by the North Dakota Supreme Court.

Further, it is ridiculous to say that such an amendment would, for example, mandate the investigation of a woman who experienced a miscarriage to be sure she didn’t miscarry on purpose — as if moving to protect the unborn will bring about a police state.

On the other hand, the amendment WOULD create an environment friendly to future legislation to protect the lives of the unborn, as well as to help to preserve pro-life legislation that already has been passed.

Behind the “smoke and mirrors” of the disingenuous and agenda-driven campaign to protect the “cash cow” of abortion is a lot of inaccuracy and fear-mongering, to discourage North Dakotans from voting for what they really believe in: protecting the unborn.

People need someone to steer them through this critical issue. Why won’t more pastors stand up, clear the air and support what is right and moral?

Mike Custer

Grand Forks

Rev. Custer is pastor of Bible Baptist Church.