George McGovern was a courageous pilot and a lifelong public servant who accomplished much good in his life. Tom Daschle's statement at his memorial service that McGovern was "the most effective preacher of the Gospel he had ever met," however, convinces me that Mr. Daschle needs to expand either his circle of acquaintances or his understanding of the Gospel.
The essence of the Gospel is that human life, created in God's image and redeemed by Christ's blood, is sacred, and is destined for ultimate union with God. For that reason, the fact that 53 million of our children have been thrown on the trash-heap, through the scandal of abortion, borders on the blasphemous.
George McGovern's early position on abortion, prompted by his devout Methodist faith, was initially right on. He refused to allow the abortion plank in the Democratic Party platform in 1972, and both of his running mates, Thomas Eagleton and Sargent Shriver, were very much pro-life. He favored leaving the abortion issue to the state Legislatures.
Eventually, however, he gave in to the radical feminist influence on the Democratic party, and compiled a strong pro-abortion record in his remaining senate years.
There have been a good number of men and women who have accomplished much good in their lives, whose active participation in a monstrous evil has given them much to answer for.
Sadly, McGovern, Daschle, Ted Kennedy and others in national leadership, far from being "effective preachers of the Gospel," have facilitated a culture of death.