Supporters of Failed Personhood Amendment In Mississippi Claim That Those Who Voted Against the Initiative Made "Satan Win"
Mississippi Lt. Gov. Phil Bryant, who was elected as governor yesterday, also co-chaired “Yes on 26,” the campaign to pass a “Personhood” amendment in the state, and said on Election Day that the fight over Initiative 26 was “a battle of good and evil of Biblical proportions” and warned that “Satan wins” if the initiative fails. Bryan Fischer of the American Family Association, which heavily funded the “Yes on 26” effort, warned that the country would face God’s judgment if Initiative 26 lost and urged voters to “choose life lest the flickering flame of our liberty be extinguished forever.”
Along with Personhood USA and the American Family Association, Religious Right groups including the Family Research Council, Faith 2 Action and Liberty Counsel all backed Initiative 26.
Hours after the initiative was trounced at the polls, anti-choice activists are already blaming Planned Parenthood, the media, and Satan for the defeat.
Personhood USA’s Keith Ashley pledged to bring the personhood initiative back to the Mississippi ballot:
Personhood USA firmly believes that our campaign fell victim to the outright lies of our opposition, and because of their lies, children will continue to be murdered in Mississippi.
We recognize that the right time to end abortion in Mississippi is now, and that is why the citizens of Mississippi will attempt a personhood ballot measure again—and again, if necessary—until every person’s life is protected.
Brad Prewitt, the executive director of “Yes on 26,” likened the personhood fight to the struggle against slavery, and Gualberto Garcia Jones of Personhood USA blamed the media and the “culture of death” for the defeat, in interviews with the American Family Association’s OneNewsNow:
"It’s easy to look at things in a linear fashion, but we know that God’s provision is not easily discernible by us in terms of his will — and we have to await his will," he tells OneNewsNow. "And in the meantime, we have to be committed to biblical truth."
Meanwhile, Prewitt stresses the pro-life movement is not on life support in Mississippi. “There has been and there will continue to be a pro-life movement in Mississippi,” he assures. “William Wilberforce started the anti-slave movement in England [in the late 1700s] and it was a 20-something year process. So if you have to start somewhere, I think it was a productive dialogue to have.”
A spokesman for Personhood USA say advocacy groups for personhood learned a lot from the campaign. “I think definitely the lies that were put out there by Planned Parenthood definitely took their toll on the people of Mississippi, and a lot of them believed them,” says Gualberto Garcia Jones.
He laments that that misinformation converted to no votes on Election Day, even among pro-life residents.
"One of the things that was very telling to me was that the media, even in a conservative state such as Mississippi, was incredibly negative," Jones notes. "We had to battle uphill the whole time. They just carried the water for the opposition at every level.
"It’s an indicator of how deep the culture of death has taken root of our nation.
Susan Tyrrell of Lou Engle’s Bound4Life wrote that it was a victory for “the kingdom of Satan”:
When push came to shove Tuesday night, Mississippians voted that the unborn could not be defined as people according to the proposed personhood amendment.
The kingdom of Satan is united, which is why, for this season, it’s successful. Eventually the church will be united. At the end of the age we will be a powerful, praying church that stands for the only definition of justice that exists: the Jesus one. But right now we’re not there. I don’t want to be cynical. I know many wonderful praying people of all denominations who stand for LIFE and the word of God. We are advancing, but tonight, once again, we have let the kingdom of darkness advance ahead of us.
So, basically, these right-wing nutjobs just called each and every one that voted against the bill “Satan.”
Have they not stopped and thought that they might be workers of Satan?
The bill was defeated because most people in Mississippi actually use their brains and voter with them also. The bill was too vague, so vague that unprecedented legal consequences would have opened up.
By criticizing the voters of Mississippi, these right-wing activists show the true colors of their hearts. They only want to further their own political ideology, no matter how warped or misguided it is.
The spin that occurs on a daily basis in the right-wing is astounding!
"This is not a political war at all, this is not a culture war at all, this is a spiritual war," Santorum said, according to a recording of the speech on the university’s website. "And the father of lies has his sights on what you think the father of lies, Satan, would have his sights on. A good, decent, powerful, influential country, the United States of America."
If you were Satan, who would you attack?” the former U.S. senator asked the students. “There’s no one else to go after other than the United States, and that’s been the case, for now, almost 200 years.”
Santorum went on to explain how he thought the devil had attacked the United States in several areas: its foundations, academia, the Protestant Church and government.
Satan had relatively little success attacking the founders and the foundation of the country, said Santorum, who is a practicing Catholic. But time, like an acid, wore away America’s great institutions, “using those great vices of pride, vanity and sensuality as the root to attack all of the strong plants that has so deeply rooted in the American tradition,” he said.
Santorum said Satan was first, and most successfully, attacked academia. Once academia fell to pride and its own truths, he said, the Protestant Church fell next in the United States.
"We look at the shape of mainline Protestantism in this country, and it is in shambles, it is gone from the world of Christianity as I see it," he said.
From there, he turned to U.S. culture, lambasting the National Basketball Association, rock concerts and movie sets. “They are peacocks on display, and they have taken their poor behavior and made it fashionable,” which he said was further evidence of spiritual warfare.
Also fallen to Satan: politics and government, he said.
Yes, you are reading this correctly: Rick Santorum invoked Satan in a conversation about politics.
He thought that Satan could only attack the United States. Is he delusional? According to Biblical scholars, Satan can attack anyone, anywhere, at any time. For someone who is supposed to be an expert in Christianity, he failed on that one tenet.
He also referred to the wrong party being demonic in its ways. He should have directed that little nugget of information at his own party.
If Santorum wants to throw around the religion card, I’ve got one for him. He has called the President of the United State the Antichrist.
Well, Santorum, you seem to be a pretty close second for that position!
I think that the debate tonight might be the first time that we hear “Satan” uttered during the debate!! It could go all “Church Lady” tonight!