If you think government has the answers, take a look back
By Richard Corbeil – The Apopka Chief – Founded in 1923
AUGUST 15 – Columnist Note: In cleaning out some old pre-Chief column files, I came across a small group of brief columns I had written for a now non-existent publication NewsFlash in 1988-89, and was stupefied to see that the subjects were virtually an exact fit for today’s inflamed controversies – abortion, suicides, Mideast mayhem, downing Christianity, etc., etc. Here are a few that should get you scratching your head about the odds against secular governmental solutions.
JUNE 19, 1989 – Hippocrates denounces Roe v. Wade – More than 24 centuries ago, in the Golden Age of Greece, an extremely wise man named Hippocrates became “The Father of Modern Medicine”. His methods of relating symptoms to diagnostic conclusions and treatment are still used today.
Being cognizant of the potential for harm and damage in the doctor-patient relationship, he developed an oath of behavioral guidelines for physicians and medical personnel. This, the Hippocratic Oath, has been sworn to by all physicians from that time to the present. Many still have it framed in their offices.
Containing a dozen or so sentences, it has guided the practice of medicine for more than 2400 years. Millions of doctors have taken the oath throughout history, and tens of millions of statesmen, lawyers, clerics, publishers, etc., have concurred in its sound principles.
The key sentence states, “I will give no deadly drug to any, though it be asked of me, nor will I counsel such, and especially, I will not aid a woman to produce an abortion.”
The debate that is now turning into a war, is whether a woman has a right to kill her unborn “living child” with the aid of a physician and nursing personnel. The entire history of Western man says that right has never existed, and 16 years of national temporary insanity cannot change that. When the Supreme Court weighs the matter again this year, Hippocrates will cast his vote again for life.
APRIL 12, 1989 – West Bank not occupied territory: A brief history lesson – Virtually, every newscaster, newspaper or magazine writer and left-leaning politician in this country refers to the West Bank of the Jordan River as Israeli “occupied territory”. Their connotation or implication is that somehow, the Israelis are there illegally, and if they would just leave, peace would descend magically on the Mid-East.
Of course, in that event, you would have to forget that Syrians and Lebanese are slaughtering each other, the Iranians and Iraqis hate each other, and Libyans despise everyone, etc., etc.
In 1948 (41 years ago) the U.N. established the state of Israel, which included (Emphasis mine) what is now the occupied West Bank. When the Arab world attacked Israel after Britain’s departure, the Jordanians grabbed this area and stuffed it full of Palestinians, whom they mistreated and murdered for 19 years.
Repulsing an unprovoked attack by the entire Arab world again in 1967 (The Six Day War), the Israelis returned to the land originally set up by the U.N. They have graciously allowed the Palestinians a peaceful co-existence in spite of constant terrorist agitation and attacks on Israel by the PLO.
So, on the West Bank, we have had the Turks for 400 years, the Brits for 30, the Jordanians for 19 (In violation of U.N. directives) and Israel back again for 22. The Israelis are only where the U.N. told them to go in 1948.
JUNE 8, 1989 – Heroes not made: Just “Born Again” – Today, (Saturday there) in Calcutta, India, one of the great American heroes of this century will be laid to rest, attended peacefully by the thousands of Indians who loved him.
There will be no network news coverage or millions screaming, wailing, head thumping or assaults on his corpse as was done in Iran on that of a leader. In fact, just as it has done since his death last Sunday, the liberal media will ignore the whole thing.
The Rev. Mark Buntain, an Assemblies of God missionary, arrived in Calcutta virtually penniless, some 32 years ago. When he died last Sunday at age 64, the ministry he established there was feeding 25,000 children each day, had schools (elementary through junior college with an enrollment of 14,000 students), and operated Calcutta’s largest and finest “free” hospital.
Additionally, the ministry has a school of nursing, maintains a Bible correspondence school to more than 400,000 Indians, and has established more than 130 churches led by native pastors.
When asked what his greatest disappointments were, Buntain stated, “having to turn away children when the food ran out each day and turning away the sick when the hospital was jammed.”
Mark Buntain came to bring them life, and that more abundantly. There have been no Nobel prizes for Buntain, no television, no press, no presidential audiences. He spent 32 years in the U.S preparing, and 32 years in India ministering to the poor, the sick, the downtrodden and the hopeless.
Last Sunday, he heard the words of His Master.
“Well done, good and faithful servant; enter thou into the joy of the LORD.” Matthew 25:23.
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