True Freedom Lovers Must Not Ignore ‘Moral’ and ‘Religious’ Issues

[Address by C. J. Doyle to the South Boston Tea Party at Fort Independence, Castle Island, Boston on Sunday, August 22, 2010]

Thomas Paine spoke of summer soldiers and sunshine patriots. None are to be found here today. I admire your dedication for persevering in this inclement weather.

It is a great privilege to be here today on the same platform as one of the heroes of the pro-family movement in Massachusetts—Brian Camenker. It is also a privilege to be here with retired Justice Joe Nolan, the only jurist on the Supreme Judicial Court to defend the Constitution and religious freedom in Boston’s Saint Patrick’s Day Parade case, whose sole dissent was vindicated by a unanimous 9 to 0 decision by the United States Supreme Court.

Susan Long — who has thrown her heart and soul into many good causes for many years — asked me to speak to you today on the necessity of including social issues, which is to say moral issues, in any populist and conservative movement for the reform of our country. I am delighted to do so. To those of you who believe in constitutional government, limited government, free enterprise, fiscal responsibility, personal liberty, and economic freedom, we in the pro-life and pro-family movements support you, and we hope and pray and work and vote for your success.

We ask you, in turn, to support us in building a culture of life, and in opposing such threats to life as abortion, abortifacient contraception and embryonic stem cell research. We ask you to join with us in defending marriage as the indissoluble union of one man and one woman, in preserving a moral order founded on natural law, and in protecting parental rights and parental choice in education.

Obviously, there is some convergence among our issues. One of the reasons we have abortion in America, same gender marriage in Massachusetts, and forced busing in Boston, is the decline of constitutional government in this nation and in this state. We live under an unelected and unaccountable judicial oligarchy, where judges have ceased to be jurists and now imagine themselves to be our rulers, and who impose their own preferences under the guise of interpreting the law — men and women who violate their oath, abuse their office, make a mockery of the separation of powers, and usurp the right of the people and their elected representatives to govern.

I have not come here today however, to ask you to support us based on this convergence, or on the necessity to defeat a common foe, or even for the sake of our own principles. I ask you who believe in limited government and personal liberty and economic freedom to support us for the sake of your own principles. The Founding Father who named this place Fort Independence in 1799, President John Adams said ” Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.” The general who liberated this place on March 17th — Saint Patrick’s Day –1776, George Washington, wrote in his Farewell Address as president, “Of all the dispositions and habits which lead to political prosperity, Religion and morality are indispensable supports ….And let us with caution indulge the supposition that morality can be maintained without religion….reason and experience both forbid us to expect that National morality can prevail in exclusion of religious principles.”

For those of you who believe in limited government and personal freedom, you must remember that the two most effective and enduring barriers to the expansion of state power, and the two most vigorous and vital and implacable foes of government aggression are the church and the family. Why is it that Marxism-Leninism, which is to say Communism, which professes the need to restructure the economic order of society begins by attacking these two institutions? It is because Marxists understand that the church and the family are where the greatest resistance to tyranny will be found.

The great founding father of Irish independence, Eamon DeValera, wrote in the Irish Constitution that the family has “inalienable and imprescriptible rights, antecedent and superior to those of the state.” In societies where religion is honored, where traditional morality is upheld, and where the family is protected, there, personal liberty and economic freedom will prevail. Conversely, in societies which try to marginalize and isolate religion, and undermine morality, and circumscribe the rights of the family, personal freedom will not obtain, and if it does, it will not long endure. Sadly, this is the type of society America is becoming today.

Brian Camenker spoke of the government effort to proselytize, indoctrinate and collectivize school children through the agency of the public schools, that is to say through the government’s schools, with homosexual advocacy groups, condom distribution programs, and radical sexual education courses and AIDS education courses. This represents an expansion of state power at the expense of the family. It usurps the right of parents to control the moral and religious upbringing of their own children. It wounds the faith and injures the morals of children. It creates new bureaucracies, rewards public sector unions which abet state power, and further burdens the taxpayer. Those of you who believe in personal liberty and economic freedom cannot remain neutral on this issue!

Thomas Jefferson, in the Declaration of Independence, wrote of “the inalienable right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.” The Constitution of the United States guarantees that no one shall be deprived of life, liberty or property without due process of law. Tragically however, fifty-one million pre-born children have been deprived of life without due process of law through judicially legalized surgical abortion. Millions more, in a number known only to God, have been killed through abortifacient contraceptives which cause chemical abortions of human embryos. Now the government wants your tax dollars for the Frankensteinian purpose of harvesting human life through embryonic stem cell research. Those of you who believe in constitutional government and personal liberty cannot remain neutral on this issue!

Twenty-one years after the fall of the Berlin Wall, there is a new totalitarianism rising, Its origins can be found in secular liberalism and in the homosexual movement. Its goal is to censor, silence, punish, persecute and drive from political life and public employment Christian and other believers in traditional morality. In Britain, under the Equality Act of 2006, the last Catholic adoption agency has just closed because of the moral impossibility of it complying with so-called anti-discrimination law. Catholic adoption has also ended here in Boston. In Massachusetts, Catholic employers and institutions are forced to subsidize birth control in group insurance plans. Catholic hospitals are required by law to dispense the abortion chemical known as “emergency contraception.” Attacks on religious freedom never begin with a battering ram against the front door of the church on Sunday morning. They begin with government efforts to narrow the parameters of religious influence by constraining, restricting and interfering in faith based charitable, educational, and medical institutions. This is happening in America today.

A couple of hundred miles from here, a few hours drive from here, across the border in Quebec, we could not hold this rally, and if we did, what Brian Camenker spoke of would expose us to legal penalties for hate speech. The secular left and organized homosexualism seek nothing less than limitations on free speech and on the free exercise of religion, and discrimination against, and ultimately the prosecution of Christians and other religious believers. Those of you who believe in limited government, personal liberty and economic freedom cannot remain neutral on this issue!

Why is it that this nation suffers from such a culture of indebtedness? A nation of families prudently plans for the future. A nation of atomized and disconnected individuals interested only in materialism and self-gratification does not. Is it merely a coincidence that the modern apostle of deficit spending, the British economist John Maynard Keynes, repudiated traditional morality and rejected the traditional family?

Many of you here today are concerned with the security of this country’s borders. It is of course true that law enforcement on the border is woefully inadequate. The simple and harsh reality however, is that the underlying economic forces which drive illegal immigration are the result of the failure by the American majority to maintain a reproductive birth rate. This in turn, is the consequence of abortion, contraception, sodomy and divorce. Border security, ultimately, is a moral problem which requires a moral solution.

Susan Long, the mother of a veteran, spoke of the plight of our veterans. Does anyone wonder why reservists and National Guardsmen in their forties and fifties, who not only have wives and children, but in some cases grandchildren, are forced to sacrifice their lives overseas on their second and third deployments? This also is related to the American birthrate. Large families produce vocations of young men to military service just as large families produce vocations of young men to the church.

For those of you who consider yourselves conservative, and believe in limited government and personal freedom and economic opportunity, but are still not persuaded to embrace the pro-life and pro-family cause, I wish to speak to you courteously but candidly, in a manner the Soviets would have called “frank and comradely.” First of all, like African slavery and abolition in the 19th century, the issue of abortion is never, ever going to go away so long as the killing continues. Those who are pro-life will continue until this abomination — the willful murder of the innocent — is finally ended. Neither this nation, nor any political party, nor any political movement will know peace or harmony or unity while the killing continues.

I must tell you that those of us in the pro-life and pro-family cause have no interest in any political movement which will be merely capitalist and libertarian in its orientation, and I can assure you, that after forty years, our patience has been exhausted by the crumbs we have received from the table of the Republican Party.

The profound civilizational change represented by same-gender so-called marriage will not be reversed by tax cuts, and the demographic winter and increasing Islamification confronting Europe, which is a harbinger and a warning to the American majority, will not be stopped by the free market.

God forbid that those who are pro-life and pro-family ever walk away from this country’s political institutions! For then we would have to say to those who believe in limited government and personal freedom “May God help you,” for no one else will. You cannot defeat the Left without us. We, on the other hand, are prepared to carry on without you. Bill Cotter and Operation Rescue have saved more pre-born children on the streets of Boston and Brookline in front of the abortuaries in the last year than all of the conservative politicians in Massachusetts have in the last decade.

Let us therefore work together to build a culture of life, because there true freedom will be found.

Thank you all very much.