Give None of Your Children to Molech
Tucker Fleming, Social Policy Contributor
Opinion- Tragedy has, in large part, lost its grip on 21st century western society. We’ve all heard the alarm in our grandmother’s voice when she lectures us about the depravity of our culture. It’s easy enough to shrug off her indictment by thinking thoughts like, “Well, I turned out okay,” or, “You grew up going to Woodstock, Grandma, and you certainly weren’t there to pass out gospel tracts.” In fact, if I’m honest, most of the time my stream of thought looks something like that.
There’s a certain extent to which that’s just part of growing up in a media-rich culture. We are necessarily desensitized because we simply see more than the generations which came before us. The problem, and this is a big problem, is that we as a culture have lost any and all sense of shame. Today, we need to feel that shame.
Post-Enlightenment westerners ridicule premodern religions which engaged in child sacrifice to appease their gods. “How superstitious,” we say. “How barbaric.” Today, as a culture, we must feel the shame which comes straight from the gross hypocrisy bound up in those statements. Today, the same story rolls across our screens. Today, we sacrifice our children to the gods of convenience, and in an ironic exchange, exercise our voices to stifle those who have none with a trite battle cry: “It’s my body!”
Today, the National Abortion Federation and Planned Parenthood must feel that shame. Today, they must bear that weight. Today, we ought not look at the NAF and Planned Parenthood with desensitized eyes. Today, we ought to watch the most recent leaked video of the NAF’s annual trade show meeting with horror.
In this video, participants can be heard saying things like, “The fetus is a tough little object, and taking it apart, I mean taking it apart on day one is very difficult.” If that doesn’t quite make it through our thick millennial skin, never fear. One attendee, when talking about the abortion procedure, says, “I might ask for a second set of forceps to hold the body at the cervix, and pull off a leg or two, so it’s not a PBA [partial-birth abortion].”
Were the content of the video not so disturbing, the glibness with which these folks talk about abortion certainly would be. There is a lack of remorse on the faces and in the voices of the folks in this video that genuinely defies reason. Never in my life did I think I would watch someone recount the forceful removal of “a leg or two” with the same facial expression that the guy at a Fresno gas station once gave me when I asked for directions. It’s chilling that someone can talk about the gory details of abortion as if they’re conveying simple instructions to which no values are attached. Earlier in the video, in what appears to be some kind of panel setting, someone can be heard saying, “An eyeball just fell down into my lap, and that is gross.” Equally frightening is the laughter which follows.
The only paradigm in which the content of this video isn’t as disturbing as it so clearly seems to be is the paradigm in which Planned Parenthood and NAF maintain the proposition that a fetus is not a human. Though that paradigm is problematic (to say the least) for reasons I’ve fleshed out elsewhere, it at least doesn’t make its subscribers murderers on their own terms. However, and not to be outdone by her colleagues, someone identified as Dr. Lisa Harris says the following: “Given that we actually see the fetus the same way, and given that we might actually both agree that there’s violence in here, ask me why I come to work every day. Let’s just give them all the violence, it’s a person, it’s killing, let’s just give them all that.”
Unfortunately, that’s where the video cuts off, so it’s possible that Dr. Harris redeemed herself. However, that doesn’t seem likely given the gravity of her chilling concession.
Truthfully, lives are on the line here. The stakes are high. If you’re reading this and you’re sympathetic to pro-choice rhetoric on a general level, you need to be absolutely certain that the fetuses which your intellectual colleagues have condemned to death are not humans made in the image of their Creator. If you’re intellectually honest, though, you cannot be. No human is so numb to tragedy that they can watch this video and avoid thinking that given a small twist of fate, they could’ve been that child who lost “a leg or two” to the overzealous forceps of a Planned Parenthood employee. Your humanity is never questioned, it is never in doubt. That child’s is. It seems the only difference is that you had some kind of ontological priority bestowed on you by virtue of passing through the birth canal, as if a mother’s decision to keep her child or not somehow validates or invalidates them as a human.
“You shall not give any of your children to offer them to Molech, and so profane the name of your God: I am the LORD.” – Leviticus 18:21
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