It all boils down to the question of Pilate | Polonia Christiana

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Piero Tozzi

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Polonia Christiana: It all boils down to the question of Pilate

Interview with Mr Piero Tozzim of Defending Freedom Alliance, a defender of life

Updated: 2012-12-17 7:31:00
There is something truly ironic and downright perverse that the United States is currently promoting the civilization of death, not only in their area, but also abroad. Meanwhile, in the post-communist countries are reborn movements for the defense of life and the renewal of Christian identity – says Mr Piero Tozzi, American lawyer and defender of life.

You became famous for winning the first-instance trial of the Obama administration, seeking to legalize experimentation on stem cells of unborn children. Your example shows that the struggle in defense of life has meaning, and that the outcome depends largely on us.

- In the United States attacks on life are now diverse and multi-dimensional character. One example of this is the health insurance system, which requires all employees, including the Christians, required funding of abortion and contraception. Another example is the use of stem cell experiments. Another dimension of attacks on life is putting pressure on individual countries to enact laws legalizing the killing of unborn children. Promote the culture of death we can see clearly just on the basis of international politics, even on the example of the U.S. administration activities, funding the UN Population Fund, in turn, associated with programs even responsible for making sterilization in China.

U.S. policy in the field of human life on differs significantly from the trends and activities of other countries?

- The irony is that the United States maintain this kind of politics at a time when in many places around the world, we can observe directly the opposite tendency. An example is Poland, will your country shows increasing awareness of the importance of the defense of life. Liberal laws permitting abortion, which functioned in this country during the communist era, has been replaced by the law largely protects life. The Polish Constitutional Court also recently issued a decision favorable to the protection of life. I also like your reset in Parliament banning abortion, eugenics project. Similar facts can be observed in other post-communist countries. Hungary, for example, decided to put the record on the protection of life from conception to its Constitution. Some positive trends in the defense of life occur even in Russia. There is growing awareness that “abortion” has led to a terrible decline in population. Efforts, therefore, there are efforts to promote a culture of life. In view of these facts is something really ironic and downright perverse that the United States is currently promoting the culture of death – and not just in their area, but also abroad. Meanwhile, in the post-communist countries are reborn movements for the defense of life and the renewal of Christian identity.

American society is generally seen as quite conservative. The attitude of the authorities is so different from the beliefs of the majority of the nation?

- Abortion was legalized in 1973. Inspires some hope that more and more young people are becoming defenders of life. There is a growing awareness that life conceived in the womb is a real human being. A few years ago a large company General Electric has launched a three-dimensional image advertising presenting the child in the womb, seen through the development of ultrasound. Advertising is not intended to be part of the campaign was pro-life, but by the way it did – for many people it became a stimulus for reflection. This is a positive aspect of technological development. While euthanasia is not legalized in the United States, it remains the responsibility of individual states. For example, in Massachusetts euthanasia project was recently rejected in the vote. The level of public acceptance for euthanasia is therefore not as high as the level of consent for an abortion. The latter also is reduced, we can see the positive changes in the field of public opinion. Sorrow fills, however, that our government promotes abortion. While the horizontal center of the Obama administration’s concern, whereas at the local level, we can observe positive trends.

In an interview, Mr. drew attention to a legal paradox – if a pregnant woman can not be sentenced to the death penalty, it means that in this way protect her unborn child. But in other cases, it happens that the same child we consider to be a “cluster of cells”.

- In the United States depend on the legal issues of mathematics. In such cases the basic question is: how to win the votes of five judges of the Supreme Court, in which nine people sit and receive a majority. The Supreme Court is divided on ideological grounds. Some of the panels is considered to be very strict in the observance of the rules, especially in terms of respecting constitutional rights, and the part is called “progressives,” which means roughly that they are relativists who believe that the law can be interpreted in such a way that they see they have to be right.


How does it work in practice?

- It can be said that the Supreme Court of the United States is divided in half – four and a half judge is “conservative”, four and a half while the “relativists”. One judge, Anthony Kennedy, is a person of “mobile” opinions. His voice depends on many factors. He argued, for example, for the life of discarding a few years ago, the project “late abortion”, and also voted against the life of the well-known as Planned Parenthood vs. Casey .

What tools do you manipulate the law list among the most common and the most dangerous?

- I think it all boils down to the question that Pontius Pilate asked, “What is truth?” Do we use language to that in order to express the unchanging, objective truth, or words can mean what anyone wants to have meant? Can we manipulate words, to achieve the result we want to achieve? It is not an ordinary linguistic question, but rather a philosophical – if the words reflect the unchanging reality, or whether they are merely tools that can be used for this, to get what we want? Philosophy of nominalism has found its reflection in the legal field, just as the concept of positivism, according to which the natural law would not exist, which in turn would allow the formation of any legal system. Such an approach would mean things that man is not naturally no protection of his rights. When Pope Benedict XVI spoke about the dictatorship of relativism, that’s why we have an example of this in practice: we see the involvement of lawyers capable of manipulation on the basis of language.

The crux of the problem lies not so much in the legal system, which in the moral sphere?

- I think that’s the case. In a democratic system, we can choose between good and evil. This means that it really all depends on the people. If they are good and if you believe in the existence of objective truth, they will not tolerate evil and choose the people to the authorities of establishing bad law. I think that what we need – both in the United States and around the world – is a spiritual renewal. Let’s look again at United – we have chosen a president who actually promotes the culture of death, it should be obvious to all. And to top it chose not once, but twice. Ignored warnings of U.S. bishops who argued that Obama undermines the inalienable human rights, such as respect for the unborn child or the marriage of man and woman. Despite this, a large group of churchgoing Catholics voted for Obama, and for that, for what it says, and what constitutes a “culture of death”, as aptly described the Blessed John Paul II. This means that de facto siding with the “antykultury”. I really need a spiritual renewal. Interestingly, as I mentioned earlier, post-communist countries regain awareness of the value of human life. This is evident even in such acts as the debate in the Polish Sejm on eugenic abortion. We should follow the example of Polish.

Thank you for your time.

Interview by Agnieszka Zurek