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repeating itself. Just as one hundred and fifty years ago our nation was
torn apart over the issue of slavery, even so, today there is another
great evil that divides the country…abortion. Back then, a whole race
of Americans was viewed as inferior, less than human, chattel to be used
at another’s whim and will; even so today, there is a group of
Americans who are shamelessly treated as “things” to be owned, to be
disposed of…unborn children.
The parallels continue: Back then, by a majority decision of 7-2
in the infamous Dred Scott case (which had it’s beginnings in St.
Louis), the Supreme Court ruled against all those of African descent;
even so, in 1973, by a majority of 7-2, the Supreme Court overturned the
pro-life laws of all fifty states and declared that the humans in the
womb were no better than slaves, living and dying at the discretion of
another. Back then the compassionless cliché was, “Don’t want a
slave? Don’t own one.” Today
we say, “Don’t like abortion? Don’t have one.”
Sadly, it took a Civil War to bring the horrid institution of
slavery to an end; a war fueled by the preaching of righteousness and
the dissemination of the truth that “all” men are truly created
equal. And today, another war is brewing and has begun as we and many
stand in the gap, being witnesses of the atrocities, and proclaiming on
the airwaves the reality of these horrid acts; and very soon we will
have the opportunity to bring this message, this truth, into the living
rooms of many.
This month is the 56th
anniversary of a brutal, unthinkable act. Emmett Till was a young
African-American boy from
who was violently murdered in
while on vacation. His funeral service was to be closed casket because
his face was so disfigured, but his mother insisted the casket be opened
so that the world could see what had happened to her son.
Over four days, thousands of people saw
Emmett’s body. Many more African-Americans across the country, who
might not have otherwise heard of the case, were shocked by the pictures
of him. These pictures moved them in a way like nothing else had. Black
preachers were demanding that “something be done in
Showing what’s in the casket is exactly what we do outside
these abortion mills…and we are hated for it. Our message: If the
truth of what happens to a person through abortion is so horrible, then
why are we allowing it to happen?
At first, local whites as well as blacks were horrified by the
crime. Newspapers and white officials reported that all “decent”
people were disgusted with the murder and proclaimed that “justice
would be done”. That same attitude from our leaders and churches needs
to be embodied now. It needs to be preached from the pulpits and driven
into the streets where battles are won. We have no more excuse for
calling unborn children “non-human” today than our forefathers did
for calling blacks “non-human” then.
Elie Wiesel, survivor of the holocaust, wrote: “What harms the
victim most is not the cruelty of the oppressor, but the silence of the
Till‘s mother, Mamie Bradley‘s words: “Two months ago I had a nice
apartment in Chicago. I had
a good job. I had a son. When something happened to the Negroes in the
South, I said, ‘That’s their business, not mine.’ Now I know how
wrong I was. The murder of my son has shown me that what happens to any
of us, anywhere in the world, had better be the business of us all.”
We can no longer stand by and say, “It’s not our problem.”
I ask you; are we not our brother’s keeper?
If the horrible “seen” injustice done to Emmett Till moved a
nation to action, should not the unspeakable violence done to the most
vulnerable Americans--the children in the womb--move “us” to action?
must be a crisis of the conscience. Only after seeing abortion for what
it really is will we understand the controversy and end this horrible
injustice. We must never, never be silent on atrocities that we find
disgusting to view.”