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Post by Free Newdepolderian States on Jul 15, 2017 14:27:09 GMT
Patriarch Schwartzerdt Issues Ultimatum to States-General
Yesterday, Friday, July 14, Patriarch Dietrich Schwartzerdt issued a pointed and very controversial address to the States-General, tasking the legislature to "stop monkeying about over ideological divisions" and "do [their] God-given job of running this country, which has been so neglected of late". Following these pointed opening remarks, the Patriarch went on to issue an ultimatum to the States-General: it must present to him by August 31 a unilateral plan to ban procured abortion nationally. If the legislature either does not comply or does not act quickly enough, Patriarch Schwartzerdt has promised to exert his full regental power by issuing a proclamation banning all procured abortion nationwide on September 1st. He stated in very plain terms how this would occur: If the States-General does not meet his ultimatum, he will issue the proclamation, which he stated has already been written up, and mobilize the police force across the nation in order to shut down all abortion facilities, "plain and simple". Following this, he made a brief but heartfelt overture to the long-standing minority in the States-General acting in opposition to abortion, urging them to "step forward at this crucial time" into leadership roles in order to "bring about this most necessary change". Patriarch Schwartzerdt then turned his attention to those in the States-General who profess to be privately against abortion but are pro-choice in legislation. He reminded them of this fact: "Those of you that are Roman Catholic, and vote and speak in favor of legal abortion, I will remind you now, that according to canon law, you are automatically excommunicate. You may not receive the Sacraments. Those of you that are Evangelical Catholic, and are in favor of abortion, you are automatically excommunicate and may not receive the Sacraments. Those of you in the Lutheran Church, the same. In the Anglican, once again the same. Need I go on?" He closed the address in a grim and forceful manner, reminding the States-General of his ultimatum, and urging them to act before it is too late, ending his address thus: "I do not want to exert regental authority. I'm just a simple country pastor at heart; power is of no interest to me. But if this body does not act, I will, to the fullest extent possible. I will issue every proclamation necessary, I will override any and every act of States-General necessary, I will mobilize every force necessary, I will even dismiss this august body if need be, if only to put a stop to the holocaust of abortion in this nation. Act, my dear brothers and sisters, please. You have your deadline. Meet it, or I will be forced to act. May God have mercy on us all." He descended the podium to a heavy silence. Several members of the States-Gereral stood in contempt of Patriarch Schwartzerdt's address (a Newdepolderian political tradition in which representatives stand and face away from the speaker to voice their contempt), including former Matriarch Fríða Ákisdóttir, now Primary Representative for Þórsfjord district, who left the chamber outright, a strong sign of contempt and disrespect for the Patriarch. When reached for comment, Rep. Ákisdóttir said the following: "I have no respect for that man. He is a backwards, fundamentalist fanatic. I've said it before and I'll say it again: he is a disgrace to our nation, and unfit for the supreme office. I will not be working to meet his demands whatsoever, no. This is why the tradition of clergy in government must end." When asked whether she believed the Patriarch should be removed from office, Rep. Ákisdóttir did not respond. Neither Patriarch Emeritus Jakobsen or Patriarch Emeritus Van de Polder could be reached for comment. This is not the first time Patriarch Schwartzerdt has spoken in tough words to the States-General on the topic of abortion; it has been a central part of his policy since his elevation in October last year. It is evident that it will remain a central issue to his administration, one was or another.