As Christian citizens, we submit to our government. We do not look to the government to accomplish what only God's Word can – namely, the task of changing hearts.
At the same time, the government has the responsibility of governing outward action. Planned Parenthood is the largest abortion provider in the United States, and it receives taxpayer funding. (See the link at the bottom for more information about the purported "Abortions are only 3% of what we do" statistic which Planned Parenthood promotes.)
A recent series of nauseating undercover videos have brought attention to the horrors of abortion. This Sentinel column was published 21 August 2015.
For a comprehensive Christian view on abortion, see the position statement published by Christian Life Resources. (This organization is affiliated with the Wisconsin Synod, but does not receive Synodical funding.)
I hope to write a follow-up column as some guidelines for proper loving Christian action opposing the horrors of abortion.
“Nie wieder!” “Never again!”
These words echo and re-echo down the hallways and through the homes of Germany, giving voice to the unspoken segment of their history books: the atrocities perpetrated by the Nazi government. Germany’s Generation X and the Millennials still carry the collective guilt for the sin of a previous generation, and the history of the genocide is broadcast in history books worldwide. Germans today still feel the shame of what their predecessors did.
Of course, each of us has viewed the history with disdain. As the liberators, the victors – our history books are not shy when it comes to the Holocaust. The documentaries, books, and movies on the topic are myriad.
These books, movies, and research often speak of the same reason for Hitler’s genocide: the desire to create or return to a superior race of people. In his deranged mind, the blond-haired, blue-eyed “Aryan” was superior – and other races were lesser, inferior, unfit to live.
The history books normally stop there. But the rest of the story is fascinating - so bear with me:
Hitler’s genocide was grounded in the “science” of eugenics. Although eugenic (“good genes”) ideas date back to Plato, the modern iteration traces its heritage to Francis Galton. Galton read the evolutionary work of Charles Darwin and applied those same concepts to the human race. Galton’s work inspired Ernst Rudin to orchestrate the mass sterilization and killing by the Nazi party.
That’s the history. It’s easy to see that eugenics (and its evolutionary roots) are totally contrary to Christian truth. Christians know that every life has double value: first, because God created that life; and second, because Jesus redeemed that life.
As you well know, Ernst Rudin’s depraved plan succeeded. The end result of eugenics was a Holocaust of more than 6 million Jews and 5 million others whom Hitler termed ‘undesirable.’ But despite those staggering numbers . . . and contrary to popular belief . . . the Nazi party hasn’t funded the biggest Holocaust in the history of the world.
The American taxpayer has.
My tax dollars have helped to fund one of the most obscene, extreme, disgusting eugenics experiments ever perpetrated.
So have yours.
The American taxpayer has helped to murder more people than 55 million people, roughly a quarter of which were carried out by Planned Parenthood. And again, the history is revolting.
Margaret Sanger, the founder of Planned Parenthood, promoted eugenics unashamedly. She advocated killing people because of the color of their skin, ethnic heritage, financial position, or intellect; and, according to her interview with Mike Wallace in 1957, she also advocated killing children who might possibly become delinquents, prisoners, criminals, and the like.
In other words: The founder of Planned Parenthood advocated abortion for any genetic reason, any social reason, and the potential future reason that this baby would do something horrible. (What delusional hypocrisy – to think that killing a baby would rid the world of criminals!)
But the cry is raised: “Women’s rights! She may have been a eugenicist, but that has nothing to do with women’s rights today!”
And I’m supposed to believe that Sanger’s extremist views haven’t influenced the organization she founded? You’re asking me to believe that this organization (which receives taxpayer funding) bears no fingerprints of Sanger or her depraved concept of eugenics?
The numbers don’t lie.
According to 2010 Census data, 79% of all Planned Parenthood clinics have been located within walking distance of an African-American or Hispanic neighborhood. Even though African-Americans make up 12% of the population, they account for 35% of abortions – a rate that is five times the rate of caucasian abortion.
From what I’ve read about Margaret Sanger, this culture of convenience & death can be directly attributed to her work.
In New York City, the home of Planned Parenthood, more African-American babies are aborted than born. Nationwide, 40% of African-American pregnancies end in abortion.
And according to the recent videos – these tiny humans are sold piecemeal.
By Margaret Sanger’s design.
By taxpayer funding.
Yes, by my tax dollars. “Nie wieder!”