Politicians Who Protect Abortion Disqualify Themselves From Leadership

Politicians Who Protect Abortion Disqualify Themselves From Leadership

Christian Newswire owner Gary McCullough believes it is our responsibility as Christians to never vote for a politician who can legalize taking a human life. Listen to McCullough's interview with host Stephen Strang to find out why a pro-abortion stance disqualifies you to be a leader in any level of politics.

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Episode Notes

The Strang Report

With Stephen Strang

Guest: Gary McCullough

Christian Newswire owner Gary McCullough believes it is our responsibility as Christians to never vote for a politician who can legalize taking a human life. Listen to McCullough's interview with host Stephen Strang to find out why, morally, a pro-abortion stance disqualifies you to be a leader in any level of politics.

Introduction

Stephen Strang: Abortion has been in the news for years but especially since Gov. Northam of Virginia advocated for abortion after a baby was born. Hello, everyone. I'm Stephen Strang and welcome to the Strang Report. Today we're going to talk about abortion and if you know me or read Charisma magazine, you know that we are very, very strongly pro-life. I'm concerned about this issue. I'm glad that it's in the news particularly with the movie “Unplanned,” which I recorded a podcast for and wrote about recently. It's a movie that you really need to see about an abortion worker who walked away from Planned Parenthood, and today I'm going to interview my friend, Gary McCullough, who is the owner of Christian Newswire. He is also well known as a pro-life activist. So, Gary, tell me first of all a little bit about your involvement over the years with the pro-life movement.

·         Read the Strang Report: Pro-Life Activist: Politicians Who Protect Abortion Disqualify Themselves From Leadership

Gary McCullough: The pro-life movement began for me as far as actually being an activist when Randall Terry and his group came to Los Angeles and had a rally in Anaheim. But the information in my head that makes me pro-life happened probably when I was in high school. In fact, I know exactly the time it happened to me in high school. It was a conversation with my father. But it's been a long road and, as you said in your intro, things are looking like there's a crack in the enemy's armor with what's going on with the phrase happy birthday abortion or birthday abortion. It's a really sad way of looking at the killing of a child.

·         Listen to the Strang Report: Why You Should Go See “Unplanned” in Theaters

Stephen Strang: That's right. And even in the story of Unplanned, the lady changed her mind. She been in the abortion industry for a number of years. Like I said, I've written about this before, but when she saw an abortion on a sonogram and saw the fetus actually fighting the suction tube … and then of course the suction tube took its life. That caused her to resign that day. I think that people don't really think of it as taking a human life. They think of it as an unplanned pregnancy, an inconvenience. Their lives would be complicated if they have to raise this child. So, I consider abortion to be birth control of the last resort.

Gary McCullough: In our youth, when we first had to talk about abortion, the argument was always it's a blob of tissue. I don't know how many times I heard that in the argument of why abortion should be allowed. It was just a blob of tissue. We have seen, and of course with these new … the far, far left in which not only this one governor but the entire candidacy for the Democratic Party’s, presidency, that candidacy is running all of them so far to the left that anybody that listens to what they're saying can no longer say we are talking about a baby. This isn't a blob … they've completely abandoned the blob of tissue argument. Now we have to decide are we allowed to kill this baby. Of course, they would say stop what would be the ultimate complication in an abortion. The ultimate complication in abortion in my mind has always been the death of the mother. But the ultimate complication in these lawmakers is oh, we have a live child here that we have to do something about it. That complication being eliminated by suffocation or injection that causes death or what … you break its neck? Those are all awfully hard ways of saying this is an argument over a blob of tissue.

Stephen Strang: That's right. I came to that realization or I should say, I was reminded with the movie Gosnell, which was about this abortion doctor in Pennsylvania who actually went to prison for killing aborted babies who survived the abortion. He's in prison now. I've never been in an abortion clinic, obviously. They portrayed these women that their bellies look like basketballs, they were so far along. When we talk about third trimester abortions, we're talking about people who are obviously pregnant. I had heard the term third-trimester abortion and I knew it was getting close to birth, but I never had the visual picture. But these girls were sitting there like they would be in a doctor's office getting checked to have a healthy birth. Women go to the doctor so the pregnancy is successful. This is if they're not wanting an abortion, yet they were there to end the life of this child, and it was just so gruesome. I'm glad he went to prison and the others should too. Hopefully we can pass laws against this. But you're right, the left is pushing this with everything that they can. I'm hoping that we are seeing a shift in our country.

So, let me ask you this since you've been an activist and you've been very involved with Christian Newswire and getting out the word. What can an average person do themselves?

Gary McCullough: I would say it is our responsibility as Christians, first and foremost … I think this is a James Dobson quote … never, ever vote for a politician who can legalize in any way the taking of a human life. No matter how old the baby is, if a politician can justify voting to take that child's life, he has disqualified himself from any ability to lead us. So, it's not like saying we're single-issue voters. It's simply saying that the issue of abortion, if you're on the wrong side of it, if you as a politician believe that in some way, I have to vote to protect the killing of unborn children, then that disqualifies you to be a leader in any level of politics.

Stephen Strang: I agree with you, 100 percent. There are other categories of vile activity that we would think would disqualify. Let's say, for example, that there was a politician stupid enough to be in the KKK and to literally burn crosses in people's yards. Every black person in America and virtually every white person would absolutely, positively not vote for that person no matter what their policies were on trade with China or whatever issue might be important. They would be totally disqualified and people don't seem to understand that we put abortion in that category or even more so because we're talking about the loss of human life. It’s interesting what you're saying about voting for politicians because I don't talk about this at all, but I was a Democrat for probably 20 years. But I became a Democrat before Roe v. Wade was passed. And here in the south, everybody was a Democrat. They just were and it wasn't so clear who was for or against abortion. I finally switched over to the Republicans which, by the way, I don't like the Republican party that much. But at least on this issue they are on the right side. I just decided I could not vote for any Democrat and why was I registered a Democrat. I went down to the courthouse. That's what we do here in Florida, you change your party affiliation. So, that is a good thing. We need to have a clear understanding among all believers and all people who believe in life that we vote for no politicians, period, no exceptions, that are for abortion. What else can people do?

Gary McCullough: I think that there are so many levels that a person could be involved in. It's up to the individual listener to this podcast to decide how involved they want to become. At this point, you could volunteer to crisis pregnancy center, you could obviously donate to pro-life causes. But by taking the step between yeah, I'm pro-life, but it's not that big of a deal to me to doing even the most minute helping ministry if you could. If you could just take old baby clothes and toys to a woman's shelter or to a crisis pregnancy center, it doesn't seem like a big deal and, in the grand scheme of things, is that going to show up in the history books? Probably not. But in your heart and in your standing before God, you are physically doing something to be there for a child that, in most ways or in many ways, and a mother, by the way … this is not like the child is the only one being abandoned. Most of these mothers are not having a man who was part of the pregnancy obviously standing up at any level for them. So, you are standing in for them as Christ would. Even in the most basic, simple ways, and it's in that in your heart and your mind, it's got to make a difference. It will also help you decide what you want to do next.

Stephen Strang: And, of course, we can donate to ministries that are fighting abortion. There are some churches that I admire that actually encourage members to adopt some of these babies. Different people have different circumstances. Not everyone can do that. But the irony is that there's many, many couples that would like to get a baby and hear these stories about it takes like, six, seven years and all this paperwork. Yet some of the mothers who have abortions would give it up for adoption if they felt that the baby would be in a good home or something. We need to encourage that more and more. Then, culturally, we have to speak up. If something comes up in our circle of influence, there is just so much that individual people can do. But a lot of people feel powerless. They feel like whatever they do won't matter. It does matter. It's a lot of little individual actions; people speaking up, people voting, does one vote make any difference? All of our votes together do and there are many elections that are decided by a relatively few votes. So, we need to vote. We need to encourage other people. If you agree with this podcast, if you agree with what Gary and I are talking about, I encourage you to forward it to people, put it on your Facebook page, put your own little comment about being pro-life. Step by step, we can make the argument and we can help change the culture in this country to be a culture for life.

Connect with Gary McCullough

·         On LinkedIn

·         On Twitter

Where to Find Stephen Strang on the Internet

·         The Strang Report on Charismamag.com

·         The Strang Report on cpnshows.com

·         On Twitter

·         On Facebook

Episode Notes

The Strang Report

With Stephen Strang

Guest: Gary McCullough

Christian Newswire owner Gary McCullough believes it is our responsibility as Christians to never vote for a politician who can legalize taking a human life. Listen to McCullough's interview with host Stephen Strang to find out why, morally, a pro-abortion stance disqualifies you to be a leader in any level of politics.

Introduction

Stephen Strang: Abortion has been in the news for years but especially since Gov. Northam of Virginia advocated for abortion after a baby was born. Hello, everyone. I'm Stephen Strang and welcome to the Strang Report. Today we're going to talk about abortion and if you know me or read Charisma magazine, you know that we are very, very strongly pro-life. I'm concerned about this issue. I'm glad that it's in the news particularly with the movie “Unplanned,” which I recorded a podcast for and wrote about recently. It's a movie that you really need to see about an abortion worker who walked away from Planned Parenthood, and today I'm going to interview my friend, Gary McCullough, who is the owner of Christian Newswire. He is also well known as a pro-life activist. So, Gary, tell me first of all a little bit about your involvement over the years with the pro-life movement.

·         Read the Strang Report: Pro-Life Activist: Politicians Who Protect Abortion Disqualify Themselves From Leadership

Gary McCullough: The pro-life movement began for me as far as actually being an activist when Randall Terry and his group came to Los Angeles and had a rally in Anaheim. But the information in my head that makes me pro-life happened probably when I was in high school. In fact, I know exactly the time it happened to me in high school. It was a conversation with my father. But it's been a long road and, as you said in your intro, things are looking like there's a crack in the enemy's armor with what's going on with the phrase happy birthday abortion or birthday abortion. It's a really sad way of looking at the killing of a child.

·         Listen to the Strang Report: Why You Should Go See “Unplanned” in Theaters

Stephen Strang: That's right. And even in the story of Unplanned, the lady changed her mind. She been in the abortion industry for a number of years. Like I said, I've written about this before, but when she saw an abortion on a sonogram and saw the fetus actually fighting the suction tube … and then of course the suction tube took its life. That caused her to resign that day. I think that people don't really think of it as taking a human life. They think of it as an unplanned pregnancy, an inconvenience. Their lives would be complicated if they have to raise this child. So, I consider abortion to be birth control of the last resort.

Gary McCullough: In our youth, when we first had to talk about abortion, the argument was always it's a blob of tissue. I don't know how many times I heard that in the argument of why abortion should be allowed. It was just a blob of tissue. We have seen, and of course with these new … the far, far left in which not only this one governor but the entire candidacy for the Democratic Party’s, presidency, that candidacy is running all of them so far to the left that anybody that listens to what they're saying can no longer say we are talking about a baby. This isn't a blob … they've completely abandoned the blob of tissue argument. Now we have to decide are we allowed to kill this baby. Of course, they would say stop what would be the ultimate complication in an abortion. The ultimate complication in abortion in my mind has always been the death of the mother. But the ultimate complication in these lawmakers is oh, we have a live child here that we have to do something about it. That complication being eliminated by suffocation or injection that causes death or what … you break its neck? Those are all awfully hard ways of saying this is an argument over a blob of tissue.

Stephen Strang: That's right. I came to that realization or I should say, I was reminded with the movie Gosnell, which was about this abortion doctor in Pennsylvania who actually went to prison for killing aborted babies who survived the abortion. He's in prison now. I've never been in an abortion clinic, obviously. They portrayed these women that their bellies look like basketballs, they were so far along. When we talk about third trimester abortions, we're talking about people who are obviously pregnant. I had heard the term third-trimester abortion and I knew it was getting close to birth, but I never had the visual picture. But these girls were sitting there like they would be in a doctor's office getting checked to have a healthy birth. Women go to the doctor so the pregnancy is successful. This is if they're not wanting an abortion, yet they were there to end the life of this child, and it was just so gruesome. I'm glad he went to prison and the others should too. Hopefully we can pass laws against this. But you're right, the left is pushing this with everything that they can. I'm hoping that we are seeing a shift in our country.

So, let me ask you this since you've been an activist and you've been very involved with Christian Newswire and getting out the word. What can an average person do themselves?

Gary McCullough: I would say it is our responsibility as Christians, first and foremost … I think this is a James Dobson quote … never, ever vote for a politician who can legalize in any way the taking of a human life. No matter how old the baby is, if a politician can justify voting to take that child's life, he has disqualified himself from any ability to lead us. So, it's not like saying we're single-issue voters. It's simply saying that the issue of abortion, if you're on the wrong side of it, if you as a politician believe that in some way, I have to vote to protect the killing of unborn children, then that disqualifies you to be a leader in any level of politics.

Stephen Strang: I agree with you, 100 percent. There are other categories of vile activity that we would think would disqualify. Let's say, for example, that there was a politician stupid enough to be in the KKK and to literally burn crosses in people's yards. Every black person in America and virtually every white person would absolutely, positively not vote for that person no matter what their policies were on trade with China or whatever issue might be important. They would be totally disqualified and people don't seem to understand that we put abortion in that category or even more so because we're talking about the loss of human life. It’s interesting what you're saying about voting for politicians because I don't talk about this at all, but I was a Democrat for probably 20 years. But I became a Democrat before Roe v. Wade was passed. And here in the south, everybody was a Democrat. They just were and it wasn't so clear who was for or against abortion. I finally switched over to the Republicans which, by the way, I don't like the Republican party that much. But at least on this issue they are on the right side. I just decided I could not vote for any Democrat and why was I registered a Democrat. I went down to the courthouse. That's what we do here in Florida, you change your party affiliation. So, that is a good thing. We need to have a clear understanding among all believers and all people who believe in life that we vote for no politicians, period, no exceptions, that are for abortion. What else can people do?

Gary McCullough: I think that there are so many levels that a person could be involved in. It's up to the individual listener to this podcast to decide how involved they want to become. At this point, you could volunteer to crisis pregnancy center, you could obviously donate to pro-life causes. But by taking the step between yeah, I'm pro-life, but it's not that big of a deal to me to doing even the most minute helping ministry if you could. If you could just take old baby clothes and toys to a woman's shelter or to a crisis pregnancy center, it doesn't seem like a big deal and, in the grand scheme of things, is that going to show up in the history books? Probably not. But in your heart and in your standing before God, you are physically doing something to be there for a child that, in most ways or in many ways, and a mother, by the way … this is not like the child is the only one being abandoned. Most of these mothers are not having a man who was part of the pregnancy obviously standing up at any level for them. So, you are standing in for them as Christ would. Even in the most basic, simple ways, and it's in that in your heart and your mind, it's got to make a difference. It will also help you decide what you want to do next.

Stephen Strang: And, of course, we can donate to ministries that are fighting abortion. There are some churches that I admire that actually encourage members to adopt some of these babies. Different people have different circumstances. Not everyone can do that. But the irony is that there's many, many couples that would like to get a baby and hear these stories about it takes like, six, seven years and all this paperwork. Yet some of the mothers who have abortions would give it up for adoption if they felt that the baby would be in a good home or something. We need to encourage that more and more. Then, culturally, we have to speak up. If something comes up in our circle of influence, there is just so much that individual people can do. But a lot of people feel powerless. They feel like whatever they do won't matter. It does matter. It's a lot of little individual actions; people speaking up, people voting, does one vote make any difference? All of our votes together do and there are many elections that are decided by a relatively few votes. So, we need to vote. We need to encourage other people. If you agree with this podcast, if you agree with what Gary and I are talking about, I encourage you to forward it to people, put it on your Facebook page, put your own little comment about being pro-life. Step by step, we can make the argument and we can help change the culture in this country to be a culture for life.

Connect with Gary McCullough

·         On LinkedIn

·         On Twitter

Where to Find Stephen Strang on the Internet

·         The Strang Report on Charismamag.com

·         The Strang Report on cpnshows.com

·         On Twitter

·         On Facebook

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