for Mass Murder
by Laurence M. Vance: Am
I Being Unfair to the Republican Liberty Caucus?
of the same mouth proceedeth blessing and cursing. My brethren,
these things ought not so to be. Doth a fountain send forth at the
same place sweet water and bitter? Can the fig tree, my brethren,
bear olive berries? either a vine, figs? so can no fountain both
yield salt water and fresh." (James
are dedicated to the idea that God values all human life, they are
committed to educating women about the dangers to their physical
and emotional health if they undergo abortions, they are relentless
in pointing out the horrors of abortion – and they are some of the
most bloodthirsty warmongers on the planet.
1984, the Sunday in January closest to January 22 has been designed
by many pro-life and religious organizations as Sanctity of Human
Life Sunday. This is designed to coincide with the anniversary of
the infamous Roe v. Wade Supreme Court decision in 1973 that
overrode most state abortion statutes and effectively made abortion
a fundamental constitutional right.
on Sanctity of Human Life Sunday churches of all denominations observe
this day with special sermons, prayers, and presentations, testimonies
from former abortionists, recognition of pro-life organizations,
denunciations of pro-choice politicians, Planned Parenthood, and
the Roe v. Wade decision, calls for legislation to restrict
abortion, and distribution of anti-abortion literature.
As both a Christian
and a steadfast opponent of abortion (see my articles "For
Whom Would Jesus Vote?" and "Is
Ron Paul Wrong on Abortion?" and "The
Pro-Life Assault on Ron Paul and the Constitution"), I
sympathize with the pro-life cause. But I go much further than the
typical pro-lifer. I don’t think abortion is okay after the third
trimester; that is, I believe in the right to life for everyone
– including adults and foreigners.
How many churches
on the recent Sanctity of Human Life Sunday mentioned the right
to life of countless numbers of Iraqis and Afghans who have been
killed by American bombs and bullets in unjust wars instigated by
the United States? How many churches mentioned the right to life
of U.S. soldiers who have died in vain and for a lie in senseless
foreign wars? If the pro-lifers in churches that observed Sanctity
of Human Life Sunday care about innocent children then surely they
mentioned children in Iraq and Afghanistan who have lost their parents
because of the U.S. waging war on their countries, children born
with birth defects due to the U.S. military using depleted uranium,
and children in Iraq killed by brutal U.S. sanctions? Surely they
mentioned the orphaned and emotionally scarred children of dead
and injured U.S. soldiers?
churches may have mentioned these things, I suspect that the number
is rather small or, in the case of most evangelical churches, very
insignificant. And if it be argued that the churches that observed
Sanctity of Human Life Sunday should be excused because the day
is just about abortion then what about the rest of the year? Do
not adults have the same right to life as unborn children? Do not
foreigners who are not a threat to this country have the same right
to life as American babies? Do not U.S. soldiers have the same right
to life that other Americans have?
But in some
churches it is even worse. Not only is no mention ever made of these
things, the U.S. wars in Iraq and Afghanistan are defended and celebrated.
Although they may call themselves evangelical churches, they are
warvangelical churches. They are churches that worship God and
venerate the institution of the military; they are churches that
preach Christ and promote warmongering Republican politicians.
They are pro-lifers for mass murder.
It is only
natural that most pro-lifers love Republican politicians. At the
Family Research Council’s Values Voter Summit held in Washington
DC this past September, Rep. Mike Pence (R-IN) was the top choice
of conservative activists. This same group named abortion as the
top issue they were concerned about. Pence was also the top pick
for vice president.
Nazis fought for the fatherland. The Soviet Red Army fought for
the motherland. Mike
Pence wants Americans to fight for the homeland. He "supported
creation of the new Department of Homeland Security, the largest
reorganization of the government since the beginning of the Cold
War." Because of the Department of Homeland Security, "our
ability to defend the homeland is more effective, efficient and
organized." Pence is a committed supporter of the bogus war
on terror. He even repeats the ridiculous canard that "we must
take the fight to the terrorists overseas so we don’t have to face
them here at home."
up to Pence in the Values Voters straw poll was the former preacher
Mike Huckabee, who won the top spot last year. Huckabee not only
supported the sending of more troops to their death in Iraq, he
actually maintained that we should not withdraw from Iraq because
"we are winning." This advocate of perpetual war in the
Middle East had only one criticism for Bush regarding his handling
of the war in Iraq: he was too timid and not sufficiently bloodthirsty.
Pence and Huckabee
are no different from DeMint, Romney, Gingrich, Giuliani, McCain,
Graham, Palin, and Santourm – they are all ardent supporters of
war, empire, and police statism. Yet, any one of these individuals
would get the support of most evangelicals as long as they played
the pro-life card. Once a Republican candidate passes a pro-life
litmus test (applied to just American babies), nothing else about
them seems to matter. They could call for bombing Iran, Pakistan,
or Yemen back to the Stone Age and it wouldn’t change anything.
Why are pro-lifers
so indifferent to, and in some cases so defensive of, war, militarism,
and nationalism? I think the main reason is ignorance. Ignorance
of the Republican Party. Ignorance of U.S. foreign policy. Ignorance
of history. Ignorance of the military. Ignorance of the Bible they
profess to believe. This is especially true if all one does is listen
News on radio, watch Fox News on television, and read news by
the American Family Association on the Internet. The importance
of LewRockwell.com must here be mentioned. I have lost count of
the number of Christians that have written me about how LRC has
been instrumental in changing their thinking.
should be just as concerned about their government sanctioning the
killing of foreigners on the battlefield in an unjust war as they
are about their government sanctioning the killing of babies in
the womb in an abortion.
It is hypocrisy
in the highest degree to talk about the sanctity of life and the
evils of abortion and then turn around and show contempt for, or
indifference to, the lives of adults and foreigners.
Out of the
same mouth proceedeth blessing and cursing. Pro-lifers, these things
ought not so to be.
M. Vance [send him mail]
writes from central Florida. He is the author of Christianity
and War and Other Essays Against the Warfare State and The
Revolution that Wasn't. His newest book is Rethinking
the Good War. Visit his
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