I’m writing this a few hours after Barack Obama was sworn into office as the 44th president of the United States. His inaugural address contains the following, spoken in the context of global cooperation – which is meaningful to me beyond any intention our new president had, I suspect:
"And for those who seek to advance their aims by inducing terror and slaughtering innocents, we say to you now that, “Our spirit is stronger and cannot be broken. You cannot outlast us, and we will defeat you.”
The use of the image “slaughtering of the innocents” can be cynically interpreted as one more instance of a Democrat calculating the use of Biblical metaphors to resonate with church-going people. There are a number of such references sprinkled throughout the speech, many a good deal less subtle, and we understand the Democrat’s Faith in Action mission is to have citizens identify the party with Judeo-Christian values…the values of religious people.
Nevertheless, it’s a rich and true statement. Religious values do include defending the defenseless – the slaughtered innocents, the five to ten babies who, every working day, at the abortion clinic in my city (never mind the thousands of other clinics around this country) are slaughtered casually, mechanically.
They’re the children of poor people who, in addition to the burdens of economic insecurity now also suffer the burden of loss. They’re also the children of the too young, the misused, the frightened, and the forsaken…the people whose best hope lies more violence and deeper deprivation. And they’re the children of the too rich, the abusers, the opportunistic, and the selfish…the people whose best hope lies in more goods without responsibility.
Those who “slaughter innocents”, therefore, not only rob those innocents of their most unalienable right but also rob the world they might have touched – a world of family, friends, and accomplishments. There is no one on this earth so rich that he can afford the loss of one of these little ones.
It’s been 36 years since abortion became legal in the US and pro-lifers are weary of fighting. To them, our new president’s words are timely and powerful – and rousing:
For those who seek to advance their aims by... slaughtering innocents, we say to you now that, “Our spirit is stronger and cannot be broken. You cannot outlast us, and we will defeat you.”