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Culture challenge of the week: A day of hypocrisy
As we celebrate both Martin Luther King Jr. Day and the second inauguration of the most pro-abortion president in history, I can't stop thinking about how tragically ironic it is that the very principles King fought for — equality for all — are being discarded and trampled upon by our nation's first black president.
No doubt President Obama will evoke the memory and legacy of the noble King in his speech Monday. To be sure, it is a beautiful thing that the second inauguration of this president of the United States takes place on the same day we remember the man who gave his life to make it possible for such a man to rise to the most powerful position in the world. But Mr. Obama stands there today either as a spiritually blind man who cannot see the obvious, or as an evil hypocrite who chooses not to see.
And is it lost on those across the country who celebrate both the inauguration and the legacy of King that the very freedoms and protections Mr. Obama cherish for himself he, at the same time, willfully denies to countless others?
Are they not aware that this week marks another big event — the anniversary of the beginning of the American holocaust in which the most innocent and helpless among us are treated as property — as something less than human?
As the crowds that have assembled to witness the inauguration begin to leave town, hundreds of thousand of committed women, families and young people are flooding in to march in peaceful protest on Friday, the day that marks 40 years since the Roe v. Wade decision legalizing abortion and enshrined into law the evil philosophy that some people are still more equal than others.
Civil rights organizers expect that a record-breaking crowd of nearly half a million will march to protest the law that legalized what used to be considered murder — the execution of little babies.
A lot has happened in 40 years. While we celebrate civil rights and equality for some, millions suffer and die as if they were chattel.
Fifty-five million babies have been killed by abortionists. Fifty-five million.
And millions of women regret what they have done. Many of them have surrendered the secret and found freedom from the spiritual bondage of "pain, guilt, and shame." Surveys report pro-life majorities and young people increasingly understand civil rights better than their parents in that they reject pro-abortion extremism. At the same time, Mr. Obama's most ardent supporters — the discriminatory "pro-choicers" — have abandoned the "rare" in their mantra of safe, legal, and rare abortion. The political battles rage on, in state legislatures, courthouses, and media. And in the meantime, America may soon face its own demographic imbalances. We are creating generations that are missing up to a third of their peers. China — thanks to state-mandated abortion policy — faces an epidemic of young men without women to marry, and parents confront an old age without children to care for them.
In the wake of Sandy Hook's horror, this year's March for Life begs an urgent answer to an important question -- why do we treasure the lives of some children and not others? Why does Mr. Obama take 23 executive actions to "save one life" through gun control, while promoting and funding an organization like Planned Parenthood that actively kills others? In light of the fact that Planned Parenthood's very origins were birthed in an effort to specifically abort black babies, how is it that this particular president is their greatest champion? And how can America collectively practice such evil and simultaneously celebrate the life, teachings and work of the brave and brilliant King?
How to save your family: Think critically, act bravely
Whether it is spiritual blindness or willful evil that is the cause, we must fight to protect those who cannot fight for themselves.
A recent Pew Research Center survey showed Americans remain conflicted about abortion laws but seem to grasp the immorality of abortion itself. (Only 13 percent of Americans believe abortion is morally acceptable and 47 percent believe it's morally wrong.) We must work hard to validate that spark of truth in the hearts of Americans that tells them something is gravely wrong when babies are treated as disposable. It's time to echo King's message as bravely as he did: All people deserve equal protection under the law. King helped people think critically to see the obvious — we must learn to do that too.
We've all got to take personal responsibility for this blight on America, and work tirelessly to stop it.
Pray, first and foremost. Pray for American minds to change, and for life to be protected at all ages. Pray that women will realize that true feminism and cherishing their preborn children are not at odds as they are told, but in fact, go hand-in-hand. Pray that our legislators will see the personal impact of abortion's harm -- and be motivated to end it.
Take time to think about abortion and its potential effect on your own family -- the missing siblings, grandchildren, nephews, nieces and children, and the women harmed in body and soul. Most of us become "Dragon Parents" when our children's safety is threatened. Parents conduct background checks before hiring a baby sitter and install nanny cameras to discourage harm. We drill safety measures into preschoolers' heads, and vigilantly track the movements (cyber and otherwise) of teenagers. But how often do we think to guard against the possibility of a future sibling, grandchild, nephew or niece being killed by abortion? The thought is a scary one, and all the more daunting because we feel powerless: What can we really do?
Follow King's example and speak up, from your heart. Let those you love know that you will be there to support an unexpected pregnancy and cherish every life — born and preborn — no matter what the circumstances. Tell your children, friends and family why abortion is the critical civil rights issue of this era.
And take decision action. It's easy to lament slow change from the sidelines; it's time to step into the fray and become a catalyst for change. Don't just bemoan the laws; do something positive. Volunteer at a crisis pregnancy center or pray outside an abortion clinic. Work to elect those who will fight for civil rights for all -- and work to defeat those who select who will be protected and who will not.
On this day — this day of the great hypocritical celebration — vow to make King's dream a reality by working to establish civil rights protections for all.
• Rebecca Hagelin can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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