Saturday, January 21, 2012
Slaughter of the Innocents
It is difficult to imagine a man like Herod. He was probably one of the cruelest men who ever lived. Because of a pervasive fear someone would take his throne and he would be killed, he was vicious toward any threat, real or imagined. When he heard wise men had come to worship a new Jewish king he called them to his palace to find and destroy the baby Jesus. (Matthew 2:13-23) His plot was foiled when God directed the wise men to go home by another route, but Herod devised another plan so vile we can hardly imagine it. He attempted to destroy Jesus by taking the lives of every baby boy born in that part of the world who was under two years of age!
As horrible as that may seem, Herod's evil scheme was far surpassed in horror and bloodshed when the Supreme Court of the United States made it legal for anyone who chose to do so, to destroy their own unborn children through the practice of legalized abortion.
Since then, literally millions of children have had their lives callously snuffed out in hospitals designed to be institutions of healing. In hospital maternity wards and nurseries throughout the world, doctors struggle to save babies younger and smaller than those being destroyed in legalized abortions!
Abortion by choice is a self-inflicted death-blow to the home. If we can so easily destroy our unborn children, our living ones come next. When “pro-choice” groups first advocated legalized abortion as a means of birth control one reason in its favor was that it would diminish the incidence of child abuse since unwanted children would no longer be born. We don't hear this much anymore because we all know that since the legalization of abortion the incidences of child pornography, child abuse and child molestation have literally skyrocketed upward. When we devalue any person or people, we devalue us all.
Any mother who has ever carried a child to term, any father who eagerly awaits the birth of a child, or any parents who lost an eagerly awaited child by miscarriage, will tell you that at eight months the baby is very much a person—a living being with an already developing personality. Thus life (as an individual human being) must begin at conception or somewhere between conception and eight months....or is it seven? Six? Two?
Conception is the only answer that makes sense.
When we claim the unborn child is not human, it is only a small step to saying the helpless child, senior adult, mentally handicapped, or some other less than “perfect” beings are also less than human and they, too, can be exploited. Even as I write this, persons come to my mind in all of these categories and I remind myself they are all perfect just as they are!
When we claim unborn children are somehow less than human and therefore reasonable targets for abortion, we return to the mentality that produced slavery, the persecution and near destruction of the Native American peoples, and the holocaust of Jewish and Gypsy peoples by the Nazis. When we want to do a really evil thing to another human being we always seem to rationalize it by pretending they are not human, or, are somehow sub-human.
Someday history will look back on the abortion massacre of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries with the same revulsion with which we remember these other self-inflicted plagues of humanity.
I'm Rick Blumenberg . . . and that's My View from Tanner Creek.