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Was Nelson Mandela A Hero? A Christian Point of View.

The death of South African former President Nelson Mandela has led to an outpouring of glowing praise from world leaders including Pope Francis and New York’s Cardinal Dolan.  But I beg the question, was Nelson Mandela really worthy of such praise?  Who was Nelson Mandela?  Most know him only as the man who ended apartheid, no doubt a noble and praiseworthy accomplishment.  But what else did he fight for?  What were some of the other issues he fought for?  For those of you that don’t know, Mandela fought rigorously to bring abortion to South Africa, abortion on demand through all 9 months of pregnancy.  He also fought for and introduced gay marriage. Praise from Christian leaders is inappropriate given Mandela’s role in bringing abortion-on-demand and homosexual marriage to South Africa.

Here are official statistics, nearly one million unborn innocent children have been killed in South Africa since President Mandela signed the legislation into law in 1996 permitting abortion on demand two years after taking office. Same-sex ‘marriage’ was legalized in 2006, with Mandela having supported it long before its passage.

In the face of praise for Mandela coming even from the Pope and many other Catholic leaders around the world, a little balance is necessary in our reaction to the man who fought one injustice, but helped institute a far more brutal one.

John Smeaton, President of the Society for the Protection of Unborn Children in England (SPUC) commented on his blog saying, “It is absolutely vital that Catholic leaders do not allow themselves to become respecters of persons, swept away by personality cults. Catholic leaders have a duty to stand up to public figures with anti-life and anti-family records, however praiseworthy their record may be on other issues.”

Smeaton’s comments came in reaction to praise for Mandela from the Bishops conference of South Africa. However, since then, New York Cardinal Timothy Dolan and Pope Francis have also issued statements of praise for Mandela.

Click here for the official statement from Pope Francis.  In it the Pope states “Paying tribute to the steadfast commitment shown by Nelson Mandela in promoting the human dignity of all the nation’s citizens and in forging a new South Africa built on the firm foundations of non-violence, reconciliation and truth, I pray that the late President’s example will inspire generations of South Africans to put justice and the common good at the forefront of their political aspirations.”

Someone needs to get in the Pope’s ear and advise him on who Nelson Mandela was.  At least make him think about what he says before saying it.

Let me take the Pope’s comments one at a time.

Promoting human dignity?  Pope Francis, promoting human dignity should not be just for one class of humans.  Human dignity extends to all humans especially the most innocent and defenseless of humans.  So Nelson Mandela does not promote human dignity, at least not for all humans.

He built “South Africa on the firm foundations of non-violence”.  There isn’t a more violent crime than abortion.  In fact it is the most violent of crimes.  If you need proof just look up the Gosnell trial in Philadelphia.

He was a reconciler of truth? “Reconciliation and truth” Again, truth for one class of citizens but murder and lies for another.

Let me finish with the Popes final comment.  “I pray that the late President’s example will inspire generations of South Africans to put justice and the common good at the forefront of their political aspirations.” 

I pray that the late President’s example will not inspire anyone.  Justice and common good?  With all due respect the Pope has it all wrong in what he is saying.

Cardinal Dolan also weighed in with one of his usually weak pathetic statements (Click here to read).  He calls Mandela a “hero to the world.” I can tell you this Cardinal Dolan.  Mandela is not a hero to the almost one million children murdered in South Africa due to legal abortion.  He’s no hero to them. The Cardinal recalls the praise for Mandela from Pope John Paul II’s visit to South Africa in 1995.

News Flash Cardinal Dolan: That visit came before Mandela passed the law permitting abortion.

It was 1996 when Mandela signed into law one of the world’s most pro-abortion laws. Passage of the “Choice on Termination of Pregnancy Bill” was assured since Mandela’s African National Congress (ANC) refused its members a free vote on the issue of providing state-funded abortion on demand.

The same year, Mandela’s new constitution made South Africa the first country to place “sexual orientation” alongside race and religion as a restricted grounds for discrimination – something that paved the way for homosexual ‘marriage’ a decade later.

Smeaton quotes from a book of quotations from Mandela noting his statement on abortion: “Women have the right to decide what they want to do with their bodies.” In addition to his promotion of abortion, homosexuality, contraception and close ties to Communism, Smeaton notes Mandela’s formation of ‘The Elders” as a cause for concern.

In 2007, Mandela announced ‘The Elders’ as a global council of retired world leaders who would give behind the scenes advice and direction to government officials and rulers around the world. The proposal was received by pro-life leaders as being of great concern since its membership formed a ‘who’s who of the pro-abortion and pro-population-control movements.”

During his life, Nelson Mandela denied being part of the communist party despite his friendly interaction and association with communist world leaders, the African National Congress revealed today that Mandela was in fact a high-ranking member of the Communist Party.

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Nelson Mandela with wife Winnie and Joe Slove, head of South Africa Communist Party and leading member of ANC.

Don’t believe me?  Read it for yourself. “Madiba (Nelson Mandela) was also a member of the South African Communist Party, where he served in the Central Committee,” Click here to read the official ANC release

Given the praise Mandela has received from world leaders and the media, it is possible that many Christians had little or no knowledge of the controversial aspects of Mandela’s life.

Not only was this man a communist, he fought rigorously for the murder of children, contraception and the destruction of the family.  But as always, the world’s vision of a hero is not usually the Christian vision of a hero.  Mother Teresa was a true hero of the world.  There is no comparison between the two.

While it may be difficult for Catholic officials to discern how to proceed with world leaders and politicians who are pro-abortion, in 2004, the U.S. Council of Catholic Bishops adopted a policy on the matter. “The Catholic community and Catholic institutions should not honor those who act in defiance of our fundamental moral principles. They should not be given awards, honors or platforms which would suggest support for their actions,” it said.

I will finish with this.  Nelson Mandela was a child of God and a sinner like us all.  In need of redemption like us all.  In need of a Savior like us all.  My prayer is that Nelson Mandela asked God for forgiveness before his death.  Christ died for him as he did for me and all mankind.  Nelson Mandela was not, I repeat was not a hero.  He was a sinner like us all. Please pray for him, but don’t call him a hero or a model political leader.

God bless

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