No one with a beating heart denies that the use of chemical weapons is deplorable. No one denies that the death of innocent people at the hands of a despot is appalling. No one denies the legitimacy of the “red line” against such atrocities regardless of who drew it. But the outrage expressed by some over the murder of hundreds of Syrian children in their beds is moral schizophrenia for a nation that has chemically induced the deaths of more than 50 million of its own children — in the womb.
People in this nation and around the globe who acknowledge that human life begins prior to physical birth hear nothing but utter hypocrisy when members of an ardently pro-abortion Administration make statements of “moral outrage” about the deaths of hundreds of children. Out of one side of their mouth they declare that every child matters. While out of the other side they legislate, fund and fiercely defend on-demand abortion.
If every child really matters, then every child really matters. Period. But that is not the ethic of America today. This is a nation who has declared, by her own actions, over the past 40 years that every child does not matter. The only children who matter are the children that fit into our personal financial and social plans. Other children, 50 million of them, matter not — they are subject to chemical annihilation at our hands.
The President told us to watch the videos so that we would not lose sight of the horrifying images of children writhing and dying. He wants us to be haunted and rightly so. But I wonder if he has seen the images and videos of pre-born children being burned alive with saline or literally torn limb from limb as they slept in what should be the safest place on earth, a mother’s womb? Is he not haunted by those images? Are not we?
Assad has killed his thousands but America has killed her millions — and everyone around the world knows it. We have no moral authority whatsoever to stand upon when we point at the speck in our brother’s eye, ignoring the plank in our own.
As God instructs us, “Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother’s eye and pay no attention to the plank in your own eye? How can you say to your brother, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ when all the time there is a plank in your own eye? You hypocrite, first take the plank out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye” (Matthew 5:3-5 NIV).
Justice matters to God and justice matters to America. But to be an authentic agent of justice one must deal first with one’s own egregious sins. It is time that America wake up to her own civil war and her own use of chemical and biological weapons against her most helpless citizens. Maybe then she would have the kind of credibility necessary to stand as an agent of moral conviction in the world today.
The President declared rightly that “This is not a world we should accept.” I agree. But the necessary change begins with us.
Thank you for opening our eyes to the obvious and so clearly articulating the Truth. We should share this with at least 5 people in person and virally as well. I’m starting right now!
Carmen, your connection is tragically perfect. Thank you. Dead is dead.
President Obama similarly said this about one baby:
“I think about … the life that lay ahead of her. And most of all, I think about how when it comes to protecting the most vulnerable among us, we must act now.”
But he said it about one of the children murdered at Sandy Hook Elementary School, not about one of the fifty million victims of abortion on our own shores.
One hundred thousand died first in Syria before the gas was used. 50 million died first before Sandy Hook. All are, tragically, dead. But our leadership’s outrage over these deaths appears to be incredibly selective. It cannot therefore be called moral outrage.
There’s a big difference between abortion in the United States and chemical attacks in Syria. No one is going to threaten to fire missiles at the United States; abortion has gone global.
It’s about time someone stood up for the American people. We have to stop the abortions. You can call it pro choice or anything else you like to try and make it sound better to you, but the fact is a baby is dying and YOU just took it’s life. Let’s fight the wars that are going on here in the United States, let’s fight the hunger that’s going on here in the United States, let’s fight for jobs here in the United States. We have to stand up and fight for ourselves before we can make a difference over seas, especially with countries that don’t even want our help. People please open up your hearts and minds and think about the United States too. “God Bless America”
I agree – Ido not like to see babies killed (abated), but I see another side to this. A potential Mother who does not want a child nor does she want the responsibillty to raise this child. My feeling is every person who is against abortion should stand willing to raise this child both with love and financial support. It is easy to criticize, but to do so without offering to raise this child you do not want aborted is a sin.
You are forcing this woman to give birth to a child she does not want or does not feel qualified to raise and probably will not be a good Mother. Again you the criticizer must step forward to take responsibility for this child you do not want aborted.
A.R. Conant – Agreed. Our pro-life theological position must be matched by a theology in practice of support, foster care and permanent adoption of children into Christian households. The joys of extending love to children are well known in my household and quite alive in my heart. – Carmen
Consider reading: http://layman.wpengine.com/fathers-day-is-not-the-same-anymore/
I completely agree with the hypocrisy and horrific nature of abortion. It is not, however, as clearly divided by political parties as you state. There are a number of Republicans in favor of abortion availability, and a number of Democrats in opposition to abortion. Voting completely by party lines may not address this issue in the way you may think.
I fail to see where Carmen said that voting for or against abortion was clearly divided by political parties. She mentioned that the current Administration is “ardently pro-abortion”, but she did not say that all (or most) Republicans were pro-life or that all (or most) Democrats were pro-abortion.
Regardless, her point should be well-taken that our nation is far too comfortable with the treatment of unborn children as less-than-human and therefore subject to be killed at the mother’s discretion (as influenced, mostly, by those who would prefer her child not be born).
I absolutely agree with Bob. Abortion should not be used as a means of birth control and it should be illegal after 6 weeks, but do you want to go back to back alley abortions that have many negative consequences, including death of the mother, or would you rather have someone determined on having an abortion be able to have it done by a doctor in a sterile environment? Money spent on abortions should instead be spent on prenatal care and emotional support for the mother. A list of people waiting to adopt that have been vetted could pay for the birthing costs and take their new child home from the hospital.
The legality of abortion on demand has not prevented the so-called “back alley abortions”, as the celebrated case of abortion provider Kermit Gosnell has proven.