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To be "One Nation under God," we must be faithful to the teachings of our Creator and Redeemer. He gives us a Faith that completely understands the reality in which we live, and that teaches how to lead our lives. It is a faith that has an integral unity and coherence, so we cannot merely pick and choose the parts that we like, and forget those that we don't like.
This is why we so strongly defend life all human life from its biological beginning to its natural end, and why we defend marriage as it was willed by the Creator.
Two recent developments remind us how precarious our situation is in this nation, and give a glimmer of hope that at least in some corners, Americans are waking up to the threats to life and family.
Particularly concerning is a recent report from the U.S. Census Bureau. Between 2000 and 2010, the country grew at a rate of 9.7%, which was lower than any decade since the Great Depression. If the population growth in the U.S. continues to decline, we should expect to see the sorts of serious problems we can already see in the nations of Europe and Asia. Just to mention one of the problems, a shrinking workforce leads to a weakening of the economy, as fewer works have to support growing numbers of elderly, who need expensive medical services and other support.
There is something much more concerning, however, than the economic effects of the potential decrease in population. A decreasing population means that people have lost hope in the mission inherited from their ancestors. In these situations, they have lost the true memory of their ancestors, and thus, have a decreasing confidence in the faith of their ancestors. To be sure, many are ready to abandon their faith altogether. The inevitable economic problems are merely a symptom of the true disease, a loss of hope, and a forgetfulness of the greatness of the tradition they inherited.
Our Lord's teachings are a great torch that illuminates the nations. But a torch needs caretakers who will keep the flame alive and strong, and bearers to hold it high. When a nation or society begins demographic decline, they are demonstrating that they are not ready to be torch bearers for the future because they have not become good caretakers of the torch they have received.
This is why we must proclaim the importance of being generous with the transmission of life. We cannot let this torch fall to the ground and become extinguished.
In a more hopeful and honorable development, we celebrate the recent vote by the State Legislature of Minnesota approving the following text for a possible amendment to the state constitution: "Only a union of one man and one woman shall be valid or recognized as a marriage in Minnesota." This decision allows Minnesotans to vote the amendment into the state constitution in 2012, and make a stand for traditional marriage.
Let us hope that this Memorial Day, a serene reflection on the many good things that we have received from our ancestors might rekindle our love our inheritance-our tradition-and strengthen our commitment to pass it to our children.
Sincerely yours in Christ,
Interim President, Human Life International