Dated February 12, 2007
Rep. Nancy Pelosi
Speaker of the House, U.S. House of Representatives
Dear Madame Speaker:
My name is John Riedell. I'm concerned about the future of our country,
and question whether many Americans sufficiently see the perils facing us,
which should include our vulnerability in the moral sphere.
We should consider what George Mason said during the federal convention
on August 22nd , 1787: "Every master of slaves is born a petty tyrant.
They bring the judgment of Heaven on a country. As nations cannot be
rewarded or punished in the next world, they must be in this. By an
inevitable chain of causes and effects, Providence punishes national sins by
While his words are part of our past, we should consider whether they
have relevance today. Slavery is gone, but we have, in fact, another whole
group of humanity treated unequally. Millions are destroyed through abortion
and practice akin to it, which now includes embryonic stem cell research.
It's not sound science to cross a moral border as this research does. Besides, science has umbilical cord and adult stem cells for research. Conception, not implantation nor any later time, is the frontier of new
life, and stem cell research involves the destruction of a human life at the
outset, a life already having an immortal soul. Ours is a universe with a
moral dimension, with a governance of it beyond ourselves.
You are quoted as saying, "The reasons I came to Congress are simple: the
children, the children, the children." But many of "the children" are given
no chance at all. An ancient Mexican historian estimated that one of five
children in Mexico were sacrificed. Our ratio is worse. I read that over 30%
are aborted, sacrificed for the wants of others. And where? In the body, the
temple of the Holy Spirit.
If you have a military jet to fly you -- an extraordinary protection -- think of the unborn who lack even the ordinary and natural protection of
When the Blessed Virgin made haste to the hill country to visit
Elizabeth, a moment enshrined in the Hail Mary, she could've reached there
in a matter of days. Elizabeth said, "...blessed is the fruit of thy womb! And how have I deserved that the mother of my Lord should come to me?" This
affirms very early on, not only Mary's motherhood, but also the Personhood
of her Son, Who was our Embryonic Savior and the Fetal Son of God. He was
never not God, and when Elizabeth spoke these words, it had to include the
humanity of Christ within Mary.
In the Psalms it says, "Truly you have formed my inmost being; you knit
me in my mother's womb..." Today many unknit the little lives within. They
should bless the fruit of the womb, and so should those who govern.
The preamble of our Constitution says that it was ordained for the
blessings of liberty for ourselves and our posterity. Posterity includes the
The sin of abortion has taken strong root in this nation, including in
the Congress. God has blessed America, but we cannot expect God to bless
America for abortion--and for practice akin to it. What George Mason spoke
of, was national sin, and the taking of the innocent life of the unborn is a
grave misuse of liberty, which ill befits a civilized society.
I believe it prudent for Americans to consider whether we are vulnerable
to the calamity and chastisement Mason spoke of---if it isn't already upon
us through storms and nature, and in other ways, perhaps pending worse yet
Abortion imperils not only the child in its early stages but I believe
America itself. For the sake of the unborn and the country, I appeal to you
to use your voice to reverse this permissive thinking and practice in our
Thank you, John Riedell