The passion that transpired as a result of his speech was so thick in our country you could cut it with a knife. This passion displayed itself predominantly in the Catholic community, and thus it should, as Notre Dame is supposed to be a Catholic University. The speech polarized Catholics from coast to coast. There were interviews with clergy trying to defend their reasoning for and against on many news channels.
With all of this stir surrounding the issue of abortion, I find that the real issue was never really addressed. Polls were taken, demographics were given, radio talk show hosts looked for every possible angle that might be considered original to the issue. Catholic clergy debated whether it was against their law to have him speak. They questioned whether or not it was right for him to get an honorary degree from a Catholic school. Flowery speeches were given on behalf of Obama’s great accomplishments. But few if any stayed focused on the real issue.
That issue is the sanctity of an innocent life. Mr. Obama did a great job obfuscating. He danced around the real issue until it morphed into nothing more than a political dialogue looking for civil people to just join in with mutual respect.
Well, I refuse to allow the attention to be drawn off the real and only issue surrounding this debate. All the buzz words and catch phrases that we use can’t and should not be allowed in the arena of this fight over life and death. When we do, we trivialize the real issue. Words like, pro choice, fetus, women’s right to choose; are advertisement agency inventions. They were created to distract us from the real matter at hand.
As I have said before so I say now, why should an innocent baby die just because some guy couldn’t keep his pants on and keep sex in the confines of marriage? As crude and rough as this may sound it is the cold hard issue at hand. We need not forget it either. Abortion is nothing more or less than murder of an innocent and defenseless baby.
During the President’s speech the underlying theme seemed to be, “let’s have a civil dialogue.” Is it possible to have a dialogue with a murderer? Some might wince at these words and think I am an intolerant dolt. My answer to them is yes I am intolerant, and sometimes a dolt, but not on this issue. Ask the Prime Minister of England, Nevil Chamberlain, about his civil dialogue with Chancellor Hitler.
If abortion is wrong it has to be wrong for all the right reasons. Those reasons are neither political or issues of civil rights. Abortion is wrong because murder is wrong.
Those leaders in the Catholic church who allowed this to happen should be ashamed of themselves. Their thinking that this issue can politicized and refocused so that the stigma of abortion can be neutralized and minimized just because a sitting President comes to speak is wrong.
As for those right minded Catholics who saw it like it was, I applaud you for your stand. In WW 2 Pope Pius kept silent while 6 million Jews went to the gas chambers under his watch. He refused to protest Mussolini’s allegiance with Hitler. His silence spoke loud and clear. It showed where he stood. Those Catholic leaders who allowed this to happen under their watch are just as complicit. I am not impressed with their so called, "open and civil dialogue," that lead to honoring a professing baby killer.
God will judge a failed system that speaks out of both sides of its mouth. He will avenge the lives of those innocents. I am sure of this because His word has always proven itself to be true. He alone declares what is right and wrong, not religious leaders, politicians, television personalities or even popular opinion.
Mat 18:1 At that time the disciples came to Jesus and said, "Who
then is greatest in the kingdom of heaven?"
Mat 18:2 And He called a child to Himself and set him before them,
Mat 18:3 and said, "Truly I say to you, unless you are converted and become like children, you will not enter the kingdom of heaven.
Mat 18:4 "Whoever then humbles himself as this child, he is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven.
Mat 18:5 "And whoever receives one such child in My name receives Me;
Mat 18:6 but whoever causes one of these little ones who believe in Me to stumble, it would be better for him to have a heavy millstone hung around his neck, and to be drowned in the depth of the sea.
-In Him Rabbi Henry M. Morse