On November 17th, 2020, Citizens Tower in Lubbock, Texas was filled with Pro-Life people. It was a blessing to be among so many who desired to see Lubbock, Texas become the next Sanctuary City for the Unborn.
Approximately 150 people stood up to speak to Mayor Dan Pope, and the Lubbock city council. The vast majority of speakers were in favor of the ordinance. Mayor Dan Pope gave some very relative, and subjective rules for the chambers. People were to “stick to the ordinance”. No talks of abortion, even though at the heart of the ordinance is the issue of abortion. No personal testimonies, even though personal experiences are necessary in the fight for life. Interestingly as well, Mayor Dan Pope interrupted me as I began to quote Proverbs 6. Apparently what the Lord says about this issue isn’t important enough for me to continue. This from a “Pro-Life, Christian, Conservative Mayor.” I guess these title’s are subjective as well. I am deeply disturbed that those who govern Lubbock, Texas have no interest in what the Word of God says about these issues. I am praying for the heart of Mayor Dan Pope, and the city council.
Interestingly enough, those who spoke against the ordinance, were rarely interrupted. One young man actually stood up and told the Mayor and City Council how to do their job. Telling them they needed to appoint a board of all women to overlook the ordinance, since this ordinance will effect women. Surprisingly enough, these types of speakers were allowed to speak uninterrupted. There was an obvious bias in the room.
The narrative from the Mayor, City Council members, and local news media is disturbing as well. All of the council cited Roe v. Wade as, “The law of the land.” When someone in the chambers disagreed, Dan Pope was quick to slam the gavel and say,
“Listen. Let me be real clear. We’ve listened all night long. It’s our time to talk. If you can’t keep your mouth shut, you need to leave the chambers. Are we clear on that?”
Because when a false narrative is being created, truth cannot reign supreme, the gavel must.
Refuting this first false narrative is rather easy. Roe v. Wade is not the law of the land. That’s why Joe Biden recently said if he were president, he would “make Roe v Wade the law of the land. Implying that it is not the law of the land at this point. Court’s don’t make law. It is a court-opinion, and a bad one at that. It is not a super-precedent, and it is able to be overturned. Justice Amy Coney Barrett pointed this out recently. She said this is the way scholars define super-precedents (Cases that cannot be overturned),
“Cases that are so well settled that no political actors and no people seriously push for their overruling. And I’m answering a lot of questions about Roe, which I think indicates that Roe doesn’t fall into that category.”
Roe v Wade is not the law of the land, it is a bad court-opinion that I believe, will be overturned one day. Either the Mayor, and city council are uninformed, misled, uneducated, or outright lying.
Another false narrative that was being created through their answers was that the ordinance is unconstitutional. One councilman, Juan Chadis said this,
“I also value life, but this ordinance, as I view it, is not enforceable. I took an oath of office and it says to defend the Constitution and the laws of the United States and of this State, so help me God. Until the Supreme Court changes opinion on Roe v. Wade I personally cannot and will not support the Sanctuary City for the Unborn in Lubbock, Texas.
Which again, is not true. There is no right to an abortion in the Constitution. If anything, abortion is unconstitutional. Our forefathers are rolling over in their graves as we misinterpret their words, and murder babies by the millions. Thomas Jefferson said this in the Declaration of Independence,
“We hold these truths to be sacred and undeniable; that all men are created equal and independent, that from that equal creation they derive rights inherent and inalienable, among which are the preservation of life, and liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.”
Babies, when conceived, have these rights. Since they have these rights, every time a child is aborted, it is a murder, and I believe Thomas Jefferson would agree, abortion is unconstitutional.
Dan Pope, and the city council did not vote no to this ordinance because it is unconstitutional. This is the second false narrative that needs to be undone.
Another falsehood that was being created in that room, was that the ordinance is unenforceable. The ordinance absolutely is enforceable, through the private, and public enforcement mechanisms. In essence, the private enforcement mechanism makes it unlawful to perform, aid, or abet an abortion within city limits. If one takes place, the one who performs the abortion, or aids or abets, are liable to lawsuits from family members of the deceased child.
Here is the truth, Roe v. Wade is not the law of the land. The ordinance is Constitutional. The ordinance is enforceable. Lubbock citizens need to know these things.
It should be noted, that Mark Lee Dickson, the author of the ordinance, spoke with great respect, gentleness, and Christ-likeness to the Mayor, and city councilmen. As did Charles Perry. Even though they have been slandered, and spoken ill of. Mark Dickson actually offered to sit down with any of the councilmen and Mayor for lunch. His treat. Through all of the rudeness of the Mayor, and the council, it was encouraging to see that those who stood up for life, like Dickson, and Perry, were able to speak with kindness in the face of adversity.
Now that they have voted against this ordinance, it will be on the ballot for the citizens of Lubbock to vote on in May. If you are Pro-Life, you want Planned Parenthood out of Lubbock, do not want to see any innocent blood spilled in your city, then you can vote yes to make Lubbock a Sanctuary city for the Unborn. The fight is not over!
Now that the vote is complete, and these false narratives are being pushed, do not forget these words from Mayor Dan Pope,
“Telling Planned Parenthood they can’t come to Lubbock would be in some ways like telling United they couldn’t build another store or telling the Southern Baptist Convention they couldn’t do another church start in Lubbock. It’s a slippery slope.”
Statements like these wouldn’t surprise me from Kamala Harris, but from a mayor in West Texas, this is shocking. Be careful who you vote for.
“There are six things that the Lord hares, seven that are an abomination to him: haughty eyes, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood, a heart that devises wicked plans, feet that make haste to run to evil, a false witness who breathes out lies, and one who sows discord among brothers.” -Proverbs 6:16-19