by Luca Volonte

It is a strange and interesting experience to be a human being in the 21st Century. We often read or hear paradoxical and contradictory statements, we have absurd laws and political decisions, which are so bizarre, that if they weren’t dangerous, we would be joking about them all the time.

The fact that we worry about it principally because of the perfidy of other people instead of our will to protect the normal nature of human beings and reality, is the proof that our world must be saved from folly and that it’s time for us to take action.

The Irish Constitution declares the Human Right of Life, while the Parliament enacts the abortion: is this rational? There are countless international treaties, agreements and declarations, which promote the Right of Life of the foetus and at the same time there are international organizations defending this right and preventing the genocide of our weakest and oldest ancestor: the human embryo. We fight for the protection of puppy seals and whales, we fight against the experimentation on dogs, but we kill dogs’ best friends: children. This way we are going to live in a world full of sad and lonely animals. This is our promised land, our liberation from people that we can call “Marie Stopes of our time”, who promote death like it were life, leave corpses stacked up on the streets and use children as biological waste or human fuel.

We condemn murder in every country in the world, as the commandment says: “Thou shalt not kill”. Meanwhile we legalize and pay for the murder of weakest human beings. We pay to kill our future and our children. I am an embryo, please don’t kill me Mr. Kenny. Our world is sick, very sick, countries accept and support freedom of conscience, but only when this right is broken by other countries. Within their own countries governments balance, limit or totally erase this right.

However it’s not possible to erase from human beings’ heart an innate right, the desire to be real. It’s also not possible to tear up our international treaties just to not lose the power to govern.

Here are some examples of these treaties:

-“The fact that a person acted pursuant to order of his Government or of a superior does not relieve him from responsibility under international law, provided a moral choice was in fact possible to him”. Principle IV of the Nuremberg Principles

-“The right of conscientious objection is a fundamental aspect of the right to freedom of thought, conscience and religion enshrined in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the European Convention on Human Rights.” PACE Recommendation 1518 (2001).

-“The right to conscientious objection is recognised, in accordance with the national laws governing the exercise of this right.” Article 10.2 of the Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union.

- “No person, hospital or institution shall be coerced, held liable or discriminated against in any manner of a refusal to perform, accommodate, assist or submit to an abortion, the performance of human miscarriage, or euthanasia or any act which could cause the death of a human foetus or embryo, for any reasonthe Assembly invite the Member States to guarantee the right to conscientious objection.” PACE Resolution 1763 (2010).

Note: As mentioned above the fundamental rights of religious belief and practice are protected under Articles 9 and 14, among others, of the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR), and additionally, under Article 18 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR). Furthermore, the right to conscientious objection is specifically recognized in the Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union. That Charter provides in its Article 10 protecting the freedom of thought, conscience and religion:

Everyone has the right of freedom of thought, conscience and religion. This right includes freedom to change religion or belief and freedom, either alone or in community with others and in public or in private, to manifest religion or belief, in worship, teaching, practice and observance.

We respect conscientious objectors who refuse to have military service, because people can decide to not defend their own nation from foreign attacks, but should it not be legitimate to refuse to vote laws or participate in the murder of innocent human beings. We are more scared of children than we are of armed assailants. We have to change this situation and, as C.S. Lewis would say, in this world that moves quickly backward, we walk altogether quickly on the path of civilization to stop these cruelties.

We have no fear, because we know that we are in this world, but we don’t come from this world, I promise you that I’m sure about this thanks to my experience. The Divine Providence always helps us in difficult situations and shows us the right and best way to go. Have you ever seen the faces of the officers of Marie Stopes and IPPF? Have you ever seen the officers of the Reproductive Rights Centre? They always look sad and angry. They don’t understand our curious happiness, our scintillating joy and our bravery, every time we prove with reason and faith that it’s worth to live and hope for the best.

Politics doesn’t work any more, it’s lost and does not defend people and common welfare anymore. It became a mechanism of deceptions to use people with the goal to preserve the power. Everyone can be brave. I come from Italy, the country of Manzoni, the famous romance ‘I Promessi Sposi’ and don Abbondio, a man without bravery. It seems that also here in Ireland, after the pressures from his coalition partners, Enda Kenny has become not only a man without bravery and coherence but also an unjustly cruel man. There is no other way to explain the exclusion of his party members who voted against the abortion. I don’t know how to describe this event: funny or tragic? Enda Kenny has always been proud to be a member of the EPP, he even organised the EPP Conference in Dublin a few weeks ago. But this is the same person that expelled his Minister of State for European Affairs, Lucinda Creighton, that had also become Vice President of the EPP. She and other members, such as my friends Terence Flanagan and Peter Mathews, were expelled just because they defended a principle of the EPP Charter of Values. I admit: I really like beer, unfortunately I don’t drink Guinness anymore since that ridiculous drama scene during Saint Patrick’s Day in New York City. But I never thought that beer could put the Irish Prime Minister in such a confused state.

In my letter to him last July I reminded Mr Kenny:

Article 115 of the EPP Party Platform Document adopted by Fine Gael at the EPP Statutory Congress, Bucharest, Romania, 17-18 October 2012, under the heading Freedom and Responsibility, explicitly states: ‘We consider that it is necessary to respect the right of conscientious objection.’ The right of conscientious objection is particularly engaged in matters – such as abortion – concerning the fundamental value of all human life (see Article 228 of the EPP Party Platform Document).Our values should guide the political order (Article 133) and political parties must function in conformity with the rules of internal democracy (Article 229). This surely includes respect for the conscientious integrity of party members.Respect for freedom of conscience would be meaningless if it applied only to the consciences of those with whom we agree. It is truly tested and demonstrated when respect is shown to the consciences of those with whom we disagree. The judgment of a number of your Fine Gael colleagues that they cannot in good conscience vote in favour of the proposed legislation is one that ought to be respected.You may not agree with their assessment of the Bill, and its likely consequences. You stated, however, in your speech in Dáil Éireann on July 1, that if you thought for one moment that this Bill would lead to the creation of a liberal abortion regime in Ireland you would not ask the House to endorse it. And yet Fine Gael parliamentarians are being forced, upon pain of expulsion from their party, to support the Bill despite their sincere belief that the Bill may well usher abortion into Ireland.To impose such severe penalties on colleagues for voting in accordance with their consciences on such a fundamental matter is alien to the basic values of the EPP”.

In fact in the EPP Platform, 17-18 October 2012, which was approved anonymously, it is reaffirmed:

“n.5. Together in a political family which is now broader than ever, we reaffirm our commitment therefore to the common core values of the EPP.

n.6. These values are: the dignity of human life in every stage of its existence, freedom and responsibility, equality and justice, truth, solidarity and subsidiarity. The Christian image of Man is their point of departure...

n.115. We consider that it is necessary to respect the right of conscientious objection.

n.211. As laid down in Article 16 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the family is the natural and fundamental group unit of society and is entitled to protection by society and the state. Family is irreplaceable as the core institution where love and charity, sympathy, and human solidarity are cherished and instilled, thereby uniting different generations. It is the place where parents and children take responsibility and practise solidarity for each other. Strong families are also a precondition for better demographic development.

n.225. The EPP reaffirms its efforts to promote the human right of education and parental freedom of educational choice.

228. Human life should be protected from its beginning until its natural end”.

I promise you dear pro life friends that I will be by your side, as a servant, in the next months and in the next year. I would like to remind the Prime Minister and his party partners that the EPP supports and defends the natural family and that the interpretations of the Prime Minister are completely different from EPP values and all international declarations and convenants subscribed to by Ireland. Probably his only goal is to keep his role safe.  Forcing peoples to vote against their conscience was a wrong decision, that decision has transformed Fine Gael into an obscure totalitarian party.

I was born on Saint Patrick’s day, and I have always been very attached to this great and wise country. Europe will always be grateful to Ireland. If Saint Columbanus had not evangelized our people with his friars, today Europe would still be a land occupied by barbarians and snakes. Those snakes that were thrown out from Ireland, are today trying to come back. We must stop them with the same willpower and generosity.

Stop the snakes of Marie Stopes! It’s time for you to regain your right to a referendum on the abortion law that was taken away from you. European Elections can be a chance to show Mr Kenny’s coalition that your people didn’t want and still don’t want a law that legalizes the murder of innocent human beings. The EU Elections are your ‘referendum’ against the Abortion Bill!

We need to be brave and, as G.K. Chesterton said, particularly cheerful and determined to energetically defend basic principles, basics like “Green leaves grow on trees in spring”. I talk about that bravery that thanks to you was shown by those members of Parliament, when they proudly defended their ethic. You are brave enough to renew love, rebuild hope and revive commitment. You are not alone and you will never be. Many European peoples are waking up and are starting realizing how dangerous these barbaric and totalitarian ideologies are. Let’s bring Ireland back to life to her historical role!

I often quote the letters of St. Thomas More written in the Tower of London in August 1534:

 “…But with standing my conscience, I can in nowise do it, and that for the instruc­tion of my conscience in the matter, I have not slightly looked, but by many years studied and advisedly considered, and never could yet see nor hear that thing, nor I think I never shall, that could induce mine own mind to think otherwise than I do […]. Yet is there no man bounden to swear that every law is well made, nor bounden upon the pain of God's displeasure, to perform any such point of the law, as were indeed unlawful…”

I suggest you to read again these letters. They are a great inspiration of bravery and help us discover again the sense of our fights and our public commitment.

Dear friends, the Irish Constitution affirms that marriage is formed by one man and one woman, while the Government coalition is moving a draft law to destroy this simple human principle of natural law.

Watch out: parents’ freedom of conscience will be abrogated, if same-sex “marriage” is approved. This way, in addition to social disaster there will be the deprivation of parents’ rights and obligations in the field of education. As in Spain, France, Germany and United Kingdom, parents will not have the right to take their children away from school during “sexual vagueness class”, where children will learn that “mother” and “father” are unnatural, while “lesbian” and “transgender” represent human evolution. Freedom of conscience will disappear and freedom of expression will be restricted if that ‘law’ or that referendum will be approved.

They want to make us believe that this humankind really exists and is morally superior. But they will never take our eyes and our hearts off the truth about ourselves and the joy of this wonderful truth: loyal people always meet each other, exactly like I’ve met you today.

You can and you must change Ireland, we all together must change this brave world. It’s time to stand up, to act and change the world! Reset Europe next May, at the next EU Elections vote pro life candidates!

Thank you and… sursum corda!





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