Charlie Gard and President Trump’s Speech in Warsaw

Eleven month old, Charlie Gard, has been granted what is the equivalent of a stay of execution. The Great Ormand Street Hospital had requested and won the right to keep Charlie in its custody and remove his life support.

According to a story in the Daily Mail, seven international experts presented evidence that the baby has a much higher chance of survival than originally thought. Based on the evidence, the hospital requested a new hearing in the High Court.

Over the past week, two US Congressmen have introduced legislation in Congress to make Charlie a permanent resident of the United States. In a similar move, Pope Francis offered a Vatican passport.  President Trump also offered the full support of the United States.

These actions would give the parents more legal avenues to recapture custody of their son. The child is for all intents and purposes being held on death row by the hospital and British government.

The British legal system turns common sense logic on its head with statements like this from Justice Nicholas Francis of the High Court’s Family Division:

Some people may ask why the court has any function in this process; why can the parents not make this decision on their own? The answer is that, although the parents have parental responsibility, overriding control is vested in the court exercising its independent and objective judgment in the child’s best interests. The Great Ormond Street Hospital has made an application and it is my duty to rule on it, given that the parents and the hospital cannot agree on the best way forward.

So what he is saying is that when the hospital determines that it can do no more, it has the right to incarcerate an infant and execute the innocent baby. After all, if the labcoats in the hospital say that it is a waste of time to try and the powdered wigs on the court bench agree, then their reasoning is infallible.

Charlie Gard is not some animal to be put down to end his suffering. He is a human being endowed by his creator with unalienable rights, among them being life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. Those rights are not limited to citizens of the United States. They are granted by God.

The irony of this is that as the drama over Charlie Gard is unfolding, President Trump delivered a message in Warsaw, Poland that directly contradicted the godless, man centered, world view exhibited in this case. He warned that on both sides of the Atlantic, we are confronted by an “invisible danger.” He identified that danger as:

The steady creep of government bureaucracy that drains the vitality and wealth of the people. The west became great not because of paperwork and regulations but because people were allowed to chase their dreams and pursue their destinies… above all, we value the dignity of every human life, protect the rights of every person and share the hope of every soul to live in freedom. That is who we are. Those are the priceless ties that bind us together as nations, as allies and as a civilization.

Today I am praying for the judges in the British High Court as they reconsider the death sentence they imposed earlier on Charlie Gard. Perhaps they will heed the words from the President of the United States.  He reminded not only the Poles in Warsaw, but the people of Europe and Great Britain of our history and the enemies that confront us.

In the case of Charlie Gard, it is not the enemy without, but the enemy within that Great Britain will face.  The outcome of who decides for the care of Charlie Gard will have ramifications that impact western civilization.

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