November 21, 2019

What Am I Missing Here?

It’s been four months since my last article, and if the reader would indulge me, I would like to comment on a few events that dominated the news cycle during my hiatus.

First, let’s look at the SCOTUS ruling on so-called homosexual marriage. This was predictable. We all knew that the four liberal judges on the Court would vote in support of homosexual marriage, while the conservatives would vote against. Kennedy would be the swing vote. But it has been known for a long time that Kennedy has had a long-standing social relationship with the homosexual community, attending their parties and showing them how understanding and sympathetic he was to their cause. Thus, his vote was not a big surprise.

Some recent polls seem to indicate that support for homosexual marriage has diminished since the ruling. Wait until school starts in the fall and parents find out just what their children are going to be exposed to in the classroom. And should they protest, they will have no leg to stand on. (See Your Child, the Bigot post.) They will rue the day when they smiled and said, “Well, gay marriage won’t affect me.” Surprise!

One final note: Wouldn’t it have been encouraging if, within an hour after the release of the decision, Justice Kennedy would have been excommunicated by Pope Francis himself? What a powerful message that would have sent to faithful Catholics who continue to get their proverbial teeth kicked in. But, alas, all I heard from the Vatican was chirping crickets.

And this brings me to a second, more recent, event: the secret videoing of Planned Parenthood executives callously discussing the selling of aborted baby parts to what they thought were representatives of research companies.

Many conservative politicians and pundits expressed revulsion and opined that Planned Parenthood had certainly crossed a line that should never be crossed and perhaps even broken the law. Bills were presented to Congress to defund Planned Parenthood, which receives nearly a half-billion dollars in taxpayer money, and to hold Congressional hearings to investigate this heinous behavior. These are laudable goals.

But I must admit that I found the reaction on the part of many conservatives as somewhat baffling. If one is not appalled by the reality of thousands of unborn babies being slaughtered each day, why should one suddenly be shocked by the selling of their parts? In other words, when babies are torn to pieces inside the womb or scalded by a saline solution that leads to expulsion from the womb or have their skulls punctured with scissors and have their brains sucked out just before birth, why should one be shocked by the fact that the parts of these babies are being sold? There is not a great leap of logic here.

After World War II, the Allies held the famous Nuremberg Trials, at which hundreds of Nazi officials, judges, doctors, and military leaders were tried for crimes against humanity. Although many defendants were accused of specific, individual crimes, in general the accusation was that millions of people were treated as less than human and, thus, devoid of rights granted to those who were, apparently, “more human.”

The great lesson from the Trials, and one that has either been forgotten or never taught in public schools, is that once a group of people become non-persons in the eyes of the government, then whatever harm inflicted upon them is irrelevant. When the Nazis declared that Jews were less than human, then abusing them, experimenting on them, and eventually killing them was as predictable as night follows day.

In 1973, with the infamous Roe decision, the Supreme Court declared that unborn children were not citizens of this nation and, thus, were not protected by the rights guaranteed in the Constitution. Since then, nearly 60 million babies have been destroyed in the womb. These bodies have been ground in garbage disposers, burned in land fills, or tossed into dumpsters. And now we learn that parts of some babies are being sold for “research.” One wonders why it took this long — or perhaps it has been going on secretly for a very long time.

Will Planned Parenthood be defunded? I’ll bet no. And should I be surprised and Congress actually passes a defunding bill, then President Obama will undoubtedly veto it. Why? Because abortion is the great sacrament of Leftism. Let us recall a press conference with Nancy Pelosi after the revelations of the Kermit Gosnell grisly late-term abortion factory in Philadelphia. When asked about her stance on late-term abortions, she angrily replied, “As a practicing and respectful Catholic, this is sacred ground when we talk about this.” Or how about the last words Obama said when he spoke at a Planned Parenthood fundraiser last year: “God bless Planned Parenthood.”

And still we are shocked by selling baby parts? What am I missing here?

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Thomas Addis

THOMAS ADDIS is a retired high school teacher and published author, most recently authoring a children's book, A Gift of Light, which is available at Amazon. An M.A. graduate of Oakland University, he is Associate Editor of Catholic Journal. In his spare time, he enjoys reading and cycling.

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