While Socially Responsible Investing addresses a broad spectrum of economic, political and environmental issues, Morally Responsible Investing focuses on making investment decisions that support the sanctity of life, marriage, and the family. The sanctity of life and the inviolability of marriage are the cornerstones of society. As the family goes, so goes the culture.
Formerly self-evident truths about human nature and human relationships have now become fighting words. To proclaim such truths as a principle for investing is to risk persecution. We live in a profoundly confused culture distorted primarily by music, movies, sex education, pornography, and the abortion industry. Extramarital sexual activity ultimately leads to disillusionment. Reserving marital activity for marriage promotes authentic freedom, sound health, and enduring joy.
Abortion will forever divide our nation because it is both immoral and inimical to fundamental principles of justice. Innocent human life must be protected, or the integrity of the culture, society, legal system, and nation will disintegrate (i.e., dissolve integrity).
Abortion kills not only unborn children; it destroys constitutional order and the common good, which is assured only when the life of every human being is legally protected.
Regrettably, the statement had no apparent effect on President-elect Obama. He became the most pro-abortion president in the history of the United States. He directed over one-half billion dollars a year to Planned Parenthood; four billion over eight years. He appointed pro-abortion judges. He led the charge to enact the Affordable Care Act (i.e., Obamacare) mandating contraceptive and abortifacient coverage. The Little Sisters of the Poor, EWTN, Priests for Life, and other faithful Catholic organizations opposed the mandate through litigation.
Every election cycle since 1973 has been influenced by abortion. When disorder takes root, reason and truth face an uphill climb. The logical consequences associated with evil tend to be subsumed by the culture. Once a society accepts the taking of innocent life, it is logical that a parade of horribles will follow: partial birth abortion, the selling of body parts, and the disposal of human beings as medical waste.
By restoring protection for the innocent, we will experience a new springtime. If we fail to do so, we will continue to see the decline and coarsening of our culture. The disregard for innocent human beings in the womb is the foundational human rights issue.
Morally Responsible Investing can only be morally responsible by having zero tolerance for abortion and total love for innocent unborn human beings, their mothers, and all impacted by abortion. It is time to provide equal protection for all. Indeed, it is time to restore constitutional order, reject abortion, and choose life.
Source: In God We Trust by George P. Schwartz, CFA with Michael O. Kenney, JD.
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