President Obama's Second Inauguration and the Unfinished Work of Freedom for our First Neighbors in the Womb
home of the whole human race, children in the womb. His administration has not only allowed the scourge of legal abortion on demand to continue unabated, it has attempted to open the floodgates of federal funding to the practice.
I have not yet heard the inaugural speech as I write this article. I am sure it will rise with lofty promises of freedom. There is no single word which echoes more passionately within the American heart than freedom or evokes a deeper response. This Nation was founded by men and women who experienced threats to freedom's promise and potential and responded to them with heroism. It has beckoned from its birth to all who hear freedom's invitation to come and see what true Freedom means.
The great struggle of this hour is being waged over freedom. It is a contest with extraordinary implications. Almost every contemporary concern that we face can be positioned within this struggle. Yet, freedom has a specific meaning for the West and it must be viewed within that context. How one defines human freedom will influence the way that he or she views almost everything.
However, freedom has consequences. Our choices not only change the world around us, they make us to be the kinds of persons we become. The very capacity to make choices is what makes us truly human persons. What we choose either humanizes us further or leads us, ultimately, into new forms of slavery.
There is such a thing as truth - and freedom must always be exercised in relationship to that truth. Otherwise, it will lead to new forms of slavery and anarchy. Freedom is as freedom does. Truth must direct our exercise of our freedom to choose. Truth alone has the ability to lead us to a future of authentic human freedom.
It is only in choosing what is good that we experience human flourishing, serve the common good, promote justice and promote true human and societal liberation. It is not simply that we can choose but how and what we choose that truly matters. Authentic Human Freedom is never be found in decisions that are made against God and against the Natural Law. Abortion on demand is evil and it must end.
As we listen to our President today, we should remember that the institution of slavery was once "legal" - even protected by the United States Supreme Court. Human Persons whose skin pigmentation was darker than those who held the reins of power were treated as property and allowed to be owned, used and discarded. The proponents of that form of slavery called it a "slavery right" and the Supreme Court of that day said it was legal in their 1857 opinion of Dred Scott v. Stanford.
We look back on that opinion in horror, as we should. We insist that the Supreme Court could not make what is always a wrong a right with the stroke of a judicial quill! Yet, that is precisely what happened in the 1973 judicial opinions Roe and Doe. It manufactured a new slavery, abortion on demand. Ironically, the Justices in the Dred Scott decision applied a "strict constructionist" approach. They did not approach the evil of slavery as a matter of Natural Law - that it is always and everywhere wrong to enslave human persons.
They did not recognize the equality of all human persons and their fundamental human rights as an endowment from a Creator which cannot be taken away by any governmental branch. We need to wake up! The overturning of the opinions in Roe and Doe, as important as that is - will not end abortion, our current form of slavery. We may simply have another version of "slave states" and "free states" to contend with. This new slavery, like its older cousin, is rooted in a moral failure and is a violation of the Natural Moral Law.
Our struggle on behalf of children in the womb is a new abolition movement. We need to learn from our history. A similar jurisprudence was at work in Roe v Wade, Doe v Bolton - and their progeny - as that which undergirded the Dred Scott decision. An entire class of persons, children in the womb, has been relegated to the status of "chattel", personal property, which can now be disposed of by those more powerful. Since 1973 almost 60 million of our youngest neighbors in the United States of America alone, have been taken in procured abortions.
The shorthand phrase "abortion rights" is the linguistic tool of a media class which is itself the verbal taskmasters of the proponents of this new form of slavery called abortion on demand. There is no such thing as an "abortion right". The true Right is the one denied in every procured abortion, the Right to Life. These children have no voice except our own. They are killed by chemicals and surgical strikes - all protected by the police power of the State. They have no power to resist this new form of slavery without our help.
Medical science has confirmed what our conscience already knew and the Natural Law has long confirmed; the child in the womb is our neighbor. These children are our first neighbors in the first home of the whole human race, their mothers' womb. It is always wrong to kill our neighbors. Our 3D and 4D sonogram technology has made it possible to take baby´s first picture and send it as a birth announcement or place it on a Face Book or My Space page or send it through our Social Networks.
We rightly marvel at the image of those little babies at the early stages of what is a lifetime of development for every human being. With the introduction of "baby's first picture" we watch these children smile, play, feel pain and grow.These 3 and 4d images are becoming more and more prevalent throughout the social media. They are regularly showing up on television commercials. We surgically operate on these first neighbors in the womb. We then put them back in their home and allow them to continue to grow so they can be healthier upon their birth. We know they are members of our human family.
However, we use that same technology to direct the weapons of warfare which dismember them in the womb and kill them. We do not want to see those pictures. The child in the womb is our neighbor - and we all know it. The Orwellian Newspeak of "Choice" is stale and tired. The wind is out of its sails. Some choices are always and everywhere wrong, and the taking of innocent human life in at the top of the list. All of these medical and scientific advances have "humanized" the child to an increasing number of people who once bought the lie of those who promoted abortion as a "choice". Whether a child is "wanted" has become the sole criterion for whether he or she has a right to life.
In his Gettysburg address, President Lincoln spoke of an "unfinished work" of freedom. Dr King in his profound 1963 "Letter from a Birmingham Jail" reminded us that "Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere." He also told us that "Freedom is never voluntarily given by the oppressor; it must be demanded by the oppressed." We must be the voice heard in 2013 demanding freedom for children in the womb. We must end the injustice of denying our first neighbors their fundamental human right to life.
This is why, after the crowds disperse from the Second Inaugural of President Barack Obama, hundreds of thousands will gather in Washington, DC to demand freedom for our first neighbors in the womb. Because their voice cannot be heard, we will give them our own. We will say to this President that there is an "unfinished work" of freedom.
Yes, we will pray that his eyes be opened to the truth. However, while we do, we will continue the march toward bringing an end to this new form of slavery. We will redouble our efforts on this, the fortieth anniversary of the infamy unleashed on our Nation by the United States Supreme Court decisions of Roe v Wade and Doe v Bolton, to hasten the day when we are all truly free at last!
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Pope Benedict XVI's Prayer Intentions for January 2013
General Intention: The Faith of Christians. That in this Year of Faith Christians may deepen their knowledge of the mystery of Christ and witness joyfully to the gift of faith in him.
Missionary Intention: Middle Eastern Christians. That the Christian communities of the Middle East, often discriminated against, may receive from the Holy Spirit the strength of fidelity and perseverance.
Keywords: Obama, President Obama, Dr King, first neighbors, Martin Luther King, President Lincoln, Abraham Lincoln, Second Inaugural, Roe v Wade, Doe v Bolton, ultrasound, abolition, slavery, Deacon Keith Fournier
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