Civil Rights – for some but not others

If the least of these lacks civil rights, what civil rights do the rest of us have?
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Civil rights have different definitions for different people. Most believe that civil rights are what our Founders termed “inalienable rights” – or basic rights that were given to us by God and are clearly understood and apply to all.

History has shown that civil rights have been repeatedly violated throughout the ages. In America today, we pride ourselves on being protectors of everyone’s civil rights. But we are as hypocritical today as our Founders were who turned a blind eye to slavery when they wrote All men are created equal.

The Author of civil rights

Civil rights are bestowed upon us by our Creator and they include the right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. All of these conditions have been distorted over the years by a government that was instituted for the very purpose of protecting these rights – none more so than the right to life. The right to life is egregiously and erroneously applied to those living outside of their mother’s womb, while those inside are grotesquely sacrificed in the name of convenience and choice. Today, some in our culture are passionate about convincing us that same sex marriage is a civil right while they inexplicably ignore a child’s right to life.

There is nothing new under the sun. Throughout history civil rights have been abused for a myriad of reasons. We are all familiar with the slaughter of male babies in ancient Egypt and in Israel under King Herod. The Roman Empire killed Christians and the Nazis tried to kill an entire nationality. Genocide is alive and well in parts of Africa today.

We tell ourselves that we are better than that – that we would never turn our heads while a maniac like Hitler orchestrated the murder of 6,000,000 people. But we are liars and hypocrites. We are worse than Hitler. First, let me remind you that I don’t know of any recorded instance where Hitler killed anyone personally. He had his minions who believed his lies and bought into his propaganda. They were more than willing to become his executioners.

Unborn children lack civil rights today

If the least of these lacks civil rights, what civil rights do the rest of us have?

Feeding a baby (with home-made food). Photo: User “Ravedave”/Wikimedia Commons, CC BY-SA 3.0 Unported License)

Today we can’t identify a Hitler among us but that doesn’t absolve us from turning our heads as millions are killed in our midst on a regular basis. The henchmen and henchwomen of death still operate in our midst. They are our neighbors and our legislators; they are the Planned Parenthood centers on the corner; they are the doctors we go to when we are pregnant and want to protect our unborn babies.

We are able to do this for the same reason the Nazis were able to kill 6,000,000. We believe the lies and the propaganda. We believe that babies inside the womb don’t feel any pain. We believe that children we can’t see are something less than human beings who have just as much a right to live as we do. We believe that a mother has the right to make life and death decisions for her baby and that somehow it is her body that she is protecting by killing her child. We believe that the doctors who perform these atrocities and have taken the Hippocratic Oath to first do no harm would never do something as grotesque as pulling a defenseless baby apart piece by piece, or sucking its brains out of its head when it is being born, or breaking its back if it happens to survive the abortion and is born alive. We believe our Supreme Court would never allow such a thing if it wasn’t somehow okay. We have forgotten that our Supreme Court also allowed slavery many years ago. They were wrong then and they are wrong now.

By believing all these things, we have become no better than those who turned their eyes away from the killing of 6,000,000 in Nazi Germany. The genocide of Adolph Hitler was stopped because the Allied forces defeated him. It would have been nice if they did so to stop the atrocity but realistically they only did so to protect their own national sovereignty.

What will stop the infanticide of today? Who will join forces to stand up to stop the abortionists? Who will stop being intimidated by the name-calling? Who will finally say that we have been far too tolerant for far too long?

There are those who still believe we are a noble nation. Can a nation be noble that allows the slaughter of the innocent right under its very nose? Out of sight out of mind may be a truism, but it is no excuse for letting the abortionists continue slaying those whom we can’t see.

If we are a nation consumed with protecting civil rights in every way possible, then we must rise to the occasion and protect those who cannot protect themselves. If we don’t protect the innocent, surely there will come a day when we won’t be able to protect ourselves.

Voices from history

Let me close with a few quotes. The first from Mother Teresa:

I feel the greatest destroyer of peace today is ‘Abortion’, because it is a war against the child… A direct killing of the innocent child, ‘Murder’ by the mother herself… And if we can accept that a mother can kill even her own child, how can we tell other people not to kill one another?…

The second is also from Mother Teresa but especially relevant for a nation that values prosperity:

It is a poverty to decide that a child must die so that you may live as you wish.

The third and last, from the Good Book:

For what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world and loses his own soul? Mark 8:36.

America may be able to restore its prosperity. We may be able to (as unlikely as it may seem) to balance our budget, repatriate American businesses, create jobs and restore our financial security. BUT – as a nation it will profit us nothing if we lose our soul. The soul of America and its value for our God-given civil right to live can never thrive if we allow abortion to exist in our midst.