By Kathleen Gilbert
WASHINGTON, D.C., July 30, 2009 (LifeSiteNews.com) – Several of the famous figures President Obama announced today as recipients of the 2009 Medal of Freedom, the highest U.S. honor to civilians, have solidly pro-abortion and homosexualist roots.
“These outstanding men and women represent an incredible diversity of backgrounds,” said Obama of the award recipients in a White House press release. “Yet they share one overarching trait: Each has been an agent of change. Each saw an imperfect world and set about improving it, often overcoming great obstacles along the way.”
One recipient was Sen. Edward Kennedy, who has been fighting brain cancer since 2008, and whom Obama lauded as “one of the greatest lawmakers – and leaders – of our time.”
One of the longest-serving and most aggressive pro-abortion legislators in Congressional history, Kennedy has a 100% NARAL pro-abortion voting record and has been a steady supporter of embryonic stem cell research and same-sex “marriage.” One of the most famous moments in Kennedy's career was his nearly single-handed defeat in 1987 of President Reagan's pro-life nominee for the Supreme Court, Judge Robert Bork, whom Kennedy lambasted as envisioning America as “a land in which women would be forced into back-alley abortions.”
The Kennedy health care bill currently under consideration in the Senate is being decried by pro-life leaders as “the greatest expansion of abortion since Roe v. Wade.”
A Medal of Freedom also went to former Supreme Court justice Sandra Day O'Connor, who supported Roe v. Wade and opposed banning partial-birth abortion.
Nancy Goodman Baker, the founder of the breast cancer fundraising organization Susan G. Komen for the Cure, is named as another Medal of Freedom recipient. Parishes and other pro-life groups have discouraged giving to the extremely popular grassroots organization, as it pours millions in donations to Planned Parenthood and embryonic stem-cell research.
Another recipient Obama chose to award posthumously was Harvey Milk, the openly homosexual San Francisco politician widely lauded as a pioneer of the homosexualist movement in the late 1970s.
Obama also honored Billie Jean King, the tennis star of the 1960s and 70s who made headlines for declaring herself a lesbian in 1981, for having helped “champion gender equality issues not only in sports, but in all areas of public life.”
Pro-abortion former Irish President Mary Robinson received an award for her role as president of the New York-based initiative “Realizing Rights: The Ethical Globalization Initiative,” which promotes the expansion of abortion across the world.
A medal was also awarded to South African Anglican Archbishop Desmond Tutu, one of the leading promoters of homosexuality in the Anglican Church among African prelates.
Former Republican congressman and NFL football player Jack Kemp was the sole pro-life representative among the awardees.
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