Monday, January 12, 2004

A Common-Sense Holocaust

Courtesy of Rerum Novarum we read: "Saying "life begins with the mother's decision," the retired general [Wesley Clark] told the Manchester Union Leader he would never, as president, appoint a pro-life judge." Since Herr General's statement is true, one might be tempted to think that it's beneficent and unarguable. I mean, you really can't deny it -- human life does begin with the mother's decision. For voters who can't think past sound bites and slogans, the Feldmarshall's apparent common sense might make him an attractive Kanzellor President. Unfortunately, however, things get scarily interesting when we start examining the different views of when and how "the mother's decision" gets made

Suppose a mother decides the child is human during the second month of her pregnancy. According to Herr General that makes the child human. But suppose that she decides to change her mind during the third month of her pregnancy. Now, also according to Herr General, that means the child is no longer human. The only time at which the pro-abortion St rmabteilung will allow the humanity of an unborn child to be a fact (as opposed to an open choice) is the time after which the political order has forbidden the mother to have an abortion. So, for them a being must be respected as human only if the mother chooses to regard it as human and, secondarily, only when the political order chooses to accord it the human right to life. Achtung! General Clark has just earned his jeweled baton, and all the young ladies who're thrilled by his belief in their power just earned Bund Deutscher Maedel aprons! Don't worry, that doesn't mean we have to be "anti-family". We can always award Mutterkreuzen to women who've chosen to make their babies human. But we must keep saying, over and over again, that it can't happen here. And of course it can't, because "it" can only happen to the Jews and, well, we've chosen to regard them as human. For now, anyway.

One of the great ironies of the abortion Holocaust is how the Sturmabteilung has managed to successfully tag Christians with the "Nazi" label. When we point out that "the mother's decision" to bring human life into existence is made when she has sex with a man, and demand that the result of her decision be respected by law as a human being, we're accused of destroying freedom just like the Nazis destroyed it. They say we're turning women into brood mares, just like the Nazis did. They overlook a tiny difference. We oppose abortion because it ends a human life, and we believe this because God has told us so. Yes, the Nazis appealed to God, but their idea of God was a metaphor for themselves -- they referred to God when they meant their own ability to choose who was human and who was not. Our God will not allow that. Our God demands that we respect unborn children as human persons whether or not they're Jews -- or the "product" of rape and incest. You know we're guilty when we contradict what our God tells us. It's a funny thing, how difficult the world finds judging the German people's guilt for the Holocaust but how easy the world finds judging a German Christian's guilt.

I've said it before and I'll say it again: "We cannot profit by the fruitless modern pretense that the question of religious sanction for law is whether the laws will serve God. The question is, was and always will be: Which god will the laws serve?" Herr General and those who follow him are idolators. "Whoever exalts race, or the people, or the State, or a particular form of State, or the depositories of power, or any other fundamental value of the human community -- however necessary and honorable be their function in worldly things -- whoever raises these notions above their standard value and divinizes them to an idolatrous level, distorts and perverts an order of the world planned and created by God; he is far from the true faith in God and from the concept of life which that faith upholds. Mit Brennender Sorge, ¶ 8 (1937). May God have mercy on us if we elect Wesley Clark.

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