03 Mar Cries of the Innocent
We are right in the middle of the Presidential primaries. The American people have a lot of decisions to make. We have to decide what issues are the most important to us. Trying to find a candidate who totally aligns with all of our views is hard. We may have to give up a few to keep the more important ones. And there is no shortage of issues facing Americans. Unemployment rates, the economy, foreign affairs, health care, abortion, human rights, Planned Parenthood, religious liberties, the second amendment, illegal immigration, ISIS, and the list goes on and on. All of these are important issues that affect the lives of American’s every day. However, some of the issues that we face do not directly affect us. In fact some don’t affect us at all.
Planned Parenthood performs an average of 330,000 tax payer-funded abortions a year. Last year a series of undercover videos were released revealing their disturbing and inhuman practices. When the videos were being released many were calling for the defunding of the program. Planned Parenthood argued that abortions account for only 3% of the procedures they perform and they do a lot of other procedures that greatly benefit the poorer communities in America. Though the other services they provide can be easily be provided and funded through other existing programs many Americans have rationalized that the “good” they do far outweighs their less humane practices.
In fact in the current elections the issue of Planned Parenthood has been put on the bottom of the “important issues list”. In most debates it is given little time and many of the candidates are even defending Planned Parenthood. This is one of those issues that doesn’t directly affect us. Yes its tax payer dollars but in reality do we ever really agree with how our tax money is spent? And if we don’t see the direct affects it’s easy for us to turn a blind eye. But that doesn’t change the fact that it is happening. Every year we are paying to end the lives of three hundred thousand babies. In some cases the babies are crying and kicking before their spines are severed. Not only do we pay for these “services” we support and promote them.
America made history by declaring to the world that every human, no matter their circumstance, has God given rights. Among those is the right to life. Since the beginning of this great country we have defended that right to life all over the world. In far off countries we have sent our own troops to defend the defenseless.
And now here in our own country we have legalized, promoted, and funded the killing of the most defenseless and the most innocent. I have never been ashamed to call myself American until now. We have a chance to once again make a stand. Several months ago Congress passed a bill to completely defund Planned Parenthood. Obama vetoed the bill. This is a critical time. If we will elect a president who values life and will defend it we could stop this next year. And so far the candidates with the most support have openly supported Planned Parenthood. This has to stop.
I love to study history. I have often wondered what I would do if I lived during the time of the holocaust. What would I have done? In most cases there was little that could be done. I came across a heartbreaking account the other day.
“We heard stories of what was happening to the Jews, but we tried to distance ourselves from it, because we felt, what could any of us do to stop it? Each Sunday morning, we would hear the train whistle blowing in the distance, then the wheels coming over the tracks. We became disturbed when we heard cries coming from the train as it passed by. We realized that it was carrying Jews like cattle in the cars! Week after week the whistle would blow. We dreaded to hear the sounds of those wheels because we knew that we would hear the cries of the Jews en route to a death camp. Their screams tormented us. We knew the time the train was coming and when we heard the whistle blow we began singing hymns. By the time the train came past our church, we were singing at the top of our voices. If we heard the screams, we sang more loudly and soon we heard them no more. Years have passed and no one talks about it now, but I still hear that whistle in my sleep.”(How Do You Kill 11 Million People?, Andy Andrews. pg, 30-40)
We are where they were. No, there is no train whistle. And there are no cries. But that is only because the cries are silenced. Perhaps there was nothing they could do to stop the evil that plagued their country. But our story is different. We can stop it now. Last year has been comically labeled as “the year that offended everyone”. We were offended by stereotyping and by labeling. We were offend by religious views and by political views. People cried for justice when they didn’t get the cake they wanted. It should have been the year we were appalled, disgusted, and outraged. It should have been the year we decided we would stand up in the defense of life. A respect for life and the back bone to fight for it should be at the top of our list when we are choosing a president. If we choose to ignore this and focus on more “pressing” issues we will miss our opportunity to stop the train.