ProLifeCorner.com- 7-13-2013- by Larry Plachno- July 1-3 of 2013 marked 150 years since the Battle of Gettysburg. It was one of the bloodiest battles of the Civil War, leaving more than 6,650 dead, another 32,000 wounded and nearly 12,000 captured or missing. The Civil War was the worst of American conflicts, exceeding World War I and World War II as well as other battles and wars in the number of deaths. A total of two percent of the population of the United States, approximately 620,000 people, lost their lives in the Civil War.
Today, demographers, researchers and just plain Americans are telling us that we are once again engaged in an undeclared but very real Civil War. Americans are highly polarized and split on several issues including marriage, family, children and the family wage but the most violent difference is over abortion. The question 150 years ago was whether good and evil exists or was slavery a choice? We thought that this question was settled then, but it has come back to haunt America. Does good and evil exist or is abortion a choice?
In both situations our federal government appeared to be on the wrong side. Roe v. Wade took the side of choice over the existence of good and evil in regard to abortion. This in turn prompted people to turn to choice in other actions and decisions. Back in 1857 the Supreme Court decided the Dred Scott case in favor of slavery. It decided that all blacks – slaves as well as free – were not and could never become citizens of the United States. It also declared the 1820 Missouri Compromise unconstitutional, thus permitting slavery in all of the country’s territories.
I have heard several liberals say that there is no connection between our Civil War of 150 years ago and today’s Civil War. However, in both situations the basic question remains the same: does good and evil exist or is everything a choice? But there are other connections and similarities. In this discussion please give me the leeway to also include similarities with the Holocaust of World War II. It took place almost midway between our two Civil Wars and is another major embarrassment for society.
Let’s start off with the fact that all three of these tragic events shared the commonality of denial of humanity. The pro-abortion people say that an unborn baby is not a baby and not human. Do they want us to think it is a fish or library book? Since he or she will be born a human being then he or she is human. And since he or she is growing, then he or she is alive. Likewise, some of the reasoning behind the Holocaust was that since Jews were not a part of the Arian race, they were inferior. As the Dred Scott decision showed us, many people felt that blacks were less than human.
As somewhat of a side note, we can ask an interesting and very simple question. Should people be allowed to kill or enslave those that they consider inferior? If you can do it then someone else can also do it.
Control was also a common factor in these events. Pro-abortion mothers claim the right to kill their babies because they reside within the mother. The Nazi’s claimed the right to kill Jews that resided within their motherland or occupied territory. And, the slave holders exercised their control because they owned the slaves.
There were also some substantial financial considerations. With abortion, it is clear that there is money to be made with abortions and that has a big influence on legislation. Owning slaves had a financial advantage when it came time to tending and harvesting crops like cotton. I might interject that many people in the northern states employed child labor in textile mills and other places. This may have been legal at the time but was also highly questionable. In the Holocaust not only did the Jews lose their homes, businesses and possessions, but they even suffered the indignity of having teeth fillings and anything of value removed from their bodies after their death.
Speaking of death, we find that loss of life is a common factor with all three of these tragedies. As mentioned earlier, approximately 620,000 Americans lost their life in the Civil War of 150 years ago. Available figures suggest that somewhere between five and six million Jews lost their life in the Holocaust. However, these pale by comparison with the 55 to 60 million babies who have lost their lives to abortion since Roe v. Wade.
Finally, another commonality shared by these three tragic events is a strong opposition. The strong opposition 150 years ago was enough to start a Civil War that resulted in a significant number of Americans either dead or wounded. There was obvious opposition to the Holocaust and other activities that involved a world war. There is also strong opposition to picking choice over good and evil today. Among other things, a court in Philadelphia recently took a strong stand against late term abortions where babies were born alive and then killed.
Some people say that geography is different because 150 years ago you could essentially divide the North and the South geographically. However, the demographers will tell you that geography is still a factor.
Today we have blue states and red states. The demographers point out that there is a strong demarcation based on population. In general, people in bigger cities believe in choice rather than good and evil while people in smaller towns and rural areas believe in good and evil rather than choice. More than one person has commented that people who live closer to God and his creations tend to believe in good and evil while those who live in places built by men tend to believe in choice.
Of course, all of this goes beyond simple morals and gets into social concerns. One definition of society is a group of people working together for common goals. If people cannot agree on good and evil, and if they believe in individual choice, then they are not working together and not working for common goals. Our society suffers accordingly.
This goes a long way towards explaining why so much time and effort is wasted in government, in society and in our country with the two sides fighting each other. If you cannot agree on good and evil, how can you possibly work together? I note that when Texas recently considered a ban on late term abortions the pro-life people sang “Amazing Grace” while the pro-abortion people chanted “Hail Satan.” The polarity is obvious.
I respectfully suggest that there will never be a solution, and our society will never work together until we can agree on good and evil. My modest proposal is to suggest that we end this undeclared Civil War by voting county by county on which side we want to be. Then, the two different groups can go their separate ways without the necessity of fighting each other.
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