Your Conflict Over Abortion Opened Our Eyes to How History May Be Rhyming in the Story of America

One of the most striking changes in the story of America is how abortion exploded into your society. And that change flows from our version of the story we are in, not yours.

To help you see this, let’s begin with a series of quotes Paula Wong showed us, which, if Christianity is the story we are in, highlight how the conflict over abortion is the same simple story question which has faced America from the beginning


Who are we, here in the story?


These quotes are from the Beckwith guy, one of your more prominent philosophers…


The pro-life cause, in a sense, then, is not really about abortion, but rather, about who and what we are. It is a movement that makes the argument that the project that began in the Enlightenment — having its metaphysical roots in the biblical notion of the imago dei (image of God) — that provided the intellectual scaffolding for the Declaration of Independence, Abraham Lincoln’s second inaugural address, and Martin Luther King Jr.’s speech on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial, can be, and ought to be, extended to include the true wideness of our human community, that is, to include the unborn.

Reassessing Pro-Life Strategy, by Francis J. Beckwith, The American Conservative, May 5, 2003

Thus, the abortion controversy hinges on a question of philosophical anthropology, whether one believes that the unborn child is or is not one of us. If it is not, then it is entitled to no greater protections than we afford an appendix or a kidney. But if he or she is one of us, then it possesses an intrinsic dignity that all human beings have by nature, that just governments ought to recognize.

The Question Behind Our Political Divisions, by Francis J. Beckwith, The Catholic Thing, November 11, 2011

However, there is a sense in which every argument on abortion — whether pro-abortion, pro-life or somewhere in-between — tries to answer a question that is fundamentally religious: who and what are we and can we know it?

The Case Against Abortion: An Interview with Dr. Francis Beckwith, author of Defending Life, Carl E. Olson, Ignatius Insight, January 21, 2008

In the same way, pro-lifers oppose abortion because they have reasons to believe that the unborn are full-fledged members of the human community, no different in nature than you or me. And for that reason, the unborn has a right to life that ought to be enshrined in our laws. Thus, in order to defeat the pro-lifer’s point of view, the abortion advocate must show that the unborn is not a full-fledged member of the human community. At the end of the day, the abortion debate is not about likes or dislikes. It is about who and what we are, and whether the unborn is one of us.

What’s the Debate About?, by Francis J. Beckwith, 2009 Sanctity of Human Life Guide

Gregory P. Koukl … often tells the fictional story of a father who, while his back is turned, hears his teenage daughter ask the question, “Daddy, can I kill it?” Koukl then asks his audience, “How should the father respond to his daughter’s query?” The audience, in every venue at which Greg has told this story, answers, “He should ask her, ‘What is it?‘” 

….

The pro-life movement, from its very beginning, has seen this moral truth as the one strand in the tapestry of republican government that, if removed, will inevitably lead to an unraveling of the understanding of ourselves and our rights that gave rise to the cluster of beliefs on which the rule of law, constitutional democracy, and human equality depend. The pro-life cause, in a sense, then, is not really about abortion, but rather, about who and what we are. It is a movement that makes the argument that the project that began in the Enlightenment — having its metaphysical roots in the biblical notion of the imago dei (image of God) — that provided the intellectual scaffolding for the Declaration of Independence, Abraham Lincoln’s second inaugural address, and Martin Luther King Jr.’s speech on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial, can be, and ought to be, extended to include the true wideness of our human community, that is, to include the unborn.

Reassessing Pro-Life Strategy, by Francis J. Beckwith, The American Conservative, May 5, 2003

And look what we found from a now deceased American by the name of Robert Casey, who was once the Governor of the state of Pennsylvania, and one of the last major pro-life Democrat politicians in America…


In the case of the unborn child we’re dealing not just with our livelihoods, but with lives… not just how comfortably we will live, but how comfortably we will live with our consciences. Think about it, why do all parties to this debate routinely call abortion a “social issue”? Because deep down we know that the fate of one life touches us all. In a way, all the talk about values misses the point. Because we are talking about a thing of infinite value. Human life cannot be measured. It is the measure itself. The value of everything else is weighed against it. The abortion debate is not about how we shall live, but who shall live. And more than that, it’s about who we are.

Address by Governor Robert P. Casey, Delivered at the University of Notre Dame in 1995

See that? It’s all about the simple story question…


Who are we, here in the story?


And that led us naturally to consider the other simple story question…


Which story are we in?


Consider what Paula showed us…


An attack on vulnerable humanity is an attack on the image of God. And that image is not abstract. The image of God has a name and a blood type. The image of God is Christ Jesus himself (Col. 1:15). Every human image-bearer is patterned after the Alpha and Omega image of the invisible God.

The Gospel vs 100 Years of Planned Parenthood, By Russell Moore, RussellMoore.com, October 17, 2016

[T]he debate over when human life begins has never been about the biological facts. It has been about the value we ascribe to human beings at the dawn of their lives. When we debate questions of abortion, assisted reproductive technologies, human embryonic stem cell research and human cloning, we are not really disagreeing about whether human embryos are human beings. The scientific evidence is simply too overwhelming for there to be any real debate on this point. What is at issue in these debates is the question of whether we ought to respect and defend human beings in the earliest stages of their lives. In other words, the question is not about scientific facts; it is about the nature of human dignity and the equality of human beings.

When Life Begins: Will politics trump science? By Robert P. George, National Review, November 2, 2008

And you may be interested in a book Paula showed us from an American named Brian Fisher, titled Deliver Us From Abortion.

One of our team members went through and then piled together the references to what you Christians believe to be our true foundational identity…


I continue to struggle with a haunting question: Why do we, as followers of the Creator God, often refuse to protect His image-bearers? …. Is every child an image-bearer of God? …. If God is sovereign, every human life, whether directly created by God or created through the process He invented, is an image-bearer of the Creator and is part of His divine plan. …. Because unlike every other created thing in the universe, we are made in the image of God. …. Though humans are certainly not divine, we are made in the image of God. ….We are the only created thing on earth that has this honor—the Imago Dei. Secondly, because we are created in God’s image as relational beings, we have the capability to have a personal, real relationship with Him through Jesus Christ. …. The same principle that claims no distinction between born and unborn children as image-bearers of God is maintained in the New Testament as well. …. God created us in His image, He designed us to rule over the rest of creation, He blessed us and called us to be fruitful, and He provided sustenance for our livelihood. …. He is the Imago Dei (image of God) and the first of all creation. (All humans are made in the image of God. Jesus is the Image of God).  …. Man does not have the right to kill innocent life. God forbids it because He created us in His very own image. …. Every human being, regardless of condition or circumstances of conception, is created in His image. …. As I’ve argued, abortion is primarily a spiritual issue. It is the willful, unjust killing of a human life—a life created by God and made in His image. …. This is a role the church must take because the killing of millions of God’s image-bearers requires the church’s direct and aggressive involvement. …. Start a group that discusses humans as image-bearers of God. …. If you vote for a pro-abortion candidate, you cast your vote for abortion. You are, by virtue of our representative government, putting someone in office who supports the killing of God’s image-bearers.

Brian Fisher, Deliver Us From Abortion


If Christianity is the story we are in, Fisher gets it. Because if human beings are made in the image and likeness of God, then the unborn, as the Founders believed, have an unalienable right to life.

But, again, our version of the story we are in sees things a different way. Notice how our way of seeing shows up in the famous Planned Parenthood v. Casey decision written by Justice Anthony Kennedy…


At the heart of liberty is the right to define one’s own concept of existence, of meaning, of the universe, and of the mystery of human life. Beliefs about these matters could not define the attributes of personhood were they formed under compulsion of the State.

These considerations begin our analysis of the woman’s interest in terminating her pregnancy but cannot end it, for this reason: though the abortion decision may originate within the zone of conscience and belief, it is more than a philosophic exercise. Abortion is a unique act. It is an act fraught with consequences for others: for the woman who must live with the implications of her decision; for the persons who perform and assist in the procedure; for the spouse, family, and society which must confront the knowledge that these procedures exist, procedures some deem nothing short of an act of violence against innocent human life; and, depending on one’s beliefs, for the life or potential life that is aborted. 

Justice Anthony Kennedy, Planned Parenthood v. Casey, 1992

Of course, the slaveholders would have liked that view of things. It certainly justifies slavery.

But with abortion, the purpose is not to enslave them, but kill them…


Each human life begins in conception. The human soul does not cause itself to exist. The origin of each human life is ultimately in the Godhead. Each is an image of God intended for eternal life. This includes each aborted child no matter at what stage its demise was decreed by another not allowing him to continue to exist in this world.

The Aborted, by James V. Schall, The Catholic Thing, June 26, 2012

That’s our version in play – our version of the story we are in. And those differences are powerfully irreconcilable…


Abortion is primarily a spiritual battle, a clash of worldviews that stems from our beliefs about God, mankind, our purpose, and eternity. The reason “pro-choicers oppose even modest limits [on abortion procedures],” write Charles Colson and Nancy Pearcey, is “because they understand that abortion represents a worldview conflict:  God and the sanctity of life versus the individual’s moral autonomy. They can give no quarter.”

Brian Fisher, Deliver Us From Abortion

Abortion is such a massive change in America’s story. And Paula showed us the following, which helped us to see how this massive change fits with the forgetting of your God…


For the face that confronts us is not just the tiny, innocent face of the human baby, whom we have procreated, but the enormous, innocent face of Almighty God, who has created us and the baby. It is his image that abortion kills. Abortion is homicide, and homicide is deicide because man is God’s image, God’s child. Abortion’s victim is one of God’s kids, and if you kill any good father’s kids, you are far more his enemy than if you kill him. Do you think God is any less loyal to his kids than we are?

Peter Kreeft, Three Approaches to Abortion

Each human life begins in conception. The human soul does not cause itself to exist. The origin of each human life is ultimately in the Godhead. Each is an image of God intended for eternal life. This includes each aborted child no matter at what stage its demise was decreed by another not allowing him to continue to exist in this world.

The Aborted, by James V. Schall, The Catholic Thing, June 26, 2012

In simplicity, and with the full force of biblical theology from its origins, it can be stated that to abort a human being is to abort a chosen presence of God.

Two Important Biblical Texts on Human Abortion, by John C. Rankin, Theological Education Institute

So, if Christianity is the story we are in, then abortion is one of the most significant ways human beings say to God, “forget you!”

And one way to also help you see the massive change in the story of America is to consider the magnitude of the killing from abortion…


The United States marks 45 years of legalized abortion in all fifty states at any time for any reason throughout pregnancy on January 22nd, the anniversary of the Roe v. Wade Supreme Court decision. Since that time, there have been an estimated 60,069,971 abortions that have destroyed the lives of unborn children.

60,069,971 Abortions in America Since Roe v. Wade in 1973, By Steven Ertelt, Life News, January 18, 2018

There are more babies aborted in America every year than the number of U.S. soldiers who’ve lost their lives in every U.S. conflict from the Revolutionary War to the War on Terror.

Discrimination: The Most Hated People Group in America (2 of 3), by Bryan Fisher, Online for Life, July 15, 2015

An estimated 57 million preborn human beings have been killed in America in just the last 42 years. That’s roughly 1.3 million a year,108,000 per month3,600 per day, or 2.5 human beings per minute.

Discrimination: The Most Hated People Group in America (1 of 3), by Brian Fisher, Online for Life, July 8, 2015

And what if the numbers are actually even higher? Look at this website Paula showed us…


Number of Abortions – Abortion Counters


More than 1.5 Billion worldwide since 1980?


We are by now used to the statistics in given countries and the world of the millions of babies aborted in recent decades: 61 million in the United States since 1973; 1.5 billion in the world since 1980. Many are appalled; others claim this procedure as a “right.” In addition, we now see in many states, like Virginia and New York, the removal of any restriction on abortion, sometimes including killing the unwanted child if it survives abortion.

Time to Rethink the Abortion Question, By REV. JAMES V. SCHALL, S.J., Crisis Magazine, FEBRUARY 19, 2019

And look at this, also from that site…


Note that the abortions in the counters on this site are almost all “surgical abortions”.   We have made no attempt to tally the totals for “chemically-induced abortions” here.  The Pharmacists for Life organization estimates that there have been approximately 250 million babies aborted chemically since 1973 in the USA: http://www.pfli.org/


So, in light of those stats, look how your Pope Francis shines a spotlight on the issue…


Pope Francis denounced abortion Saturday as the “white glove” equivalent of the Nazi-era eugenics program and urged families to accept the children that God gives them.

Francis spoke off-the-cuff to a meeting of an Italian family association, ditching his prepared remarks to speak from the heart about families and the trials they undergo. He lamented how some couples choose not to have any children, while others resort to prenatal testing to see if their baby has any malformations or genetic problems.

“The first proposal in such a case is, ‘Do we get rid of it?’” Francis said. “The murder of children. To have an easy life, they get rid of an innocent.”

Francis recalled that as a child he was horrified to hear stories from his teacher about children “thrown from the mountain” if they were born with malformations.

“Today we do the same thing,” he said.

“Last century, the whole world was scandalized by what the Nazis did to purify the race. Today, we do the same thing but with white gloves,” Francis said.

Pope Francis on abortion: It’s what the Nazis did, only with ‘white gloves’, By ASSOCIATED PRESS, L.A. Times, June 17, 2018

And Paula Wong showed us this, which so fits with your migration into the minimalist corner…


Finally, there is Roe’s immorality—the abortion holocaust it unleashed—and the problem of our response to it. Roe is a radical decision and a legally indefensible one. But what really makes Roe unbearably wrong is its consequences. The result of Roe and Doe has been the legally authorized killing of nearly sixty million Americans since 1973.  Roe v. Wade authorized unrestricted private violence against human life on an almost unimaginable scale, and did so, falsely, in the name of the Constitution.


It is hard to escape this conclusion, but not impossible—and many certainly try. I will not here belabor the question of whether the intentional killing of innocent, dependent, vulnerable human children is a grave moral wrong. My concluding point concerns the lengths to which we will go to deny the reality of this holocaust, because it is almost unbearable to contemplate and still go on living life as if nothing is terribly wrong. The cognitive dissonance is simply too great. And so we have become, in effect, a nation of holocaust deniers.


Here is the problem, undressed: If human embryonic life is morally worthy of protection, we have permitted sixty million murders under our watch. Faced with this prospect, many of us—maybe even most—flee from the facts. We deny that the living human embryo is “truly” or “fully” human life, adopt a view that whether the embryo or fetus is human “depends,” or can be judged in degrees, on a sliding scale over the course of pregnancy; or we proclaim uncertainty about the facts of human biology; or we proclaim moral agnosticism about the propriety of “imposing our views on others”; or we throw up our hands and give up because moral opposition to an entrenched, pervasive social practice is not worth the effort, discomfort, and social costs. The one position not on the table—the one possibility too hard to look at—is that abortion is a grave moral wrong on a par with the greatest human moral atrocities of all time and that we passively, almost willingly, accept it as such.


All of this should tell us a few more sobering things. It should tell us that, much as we would like to believe that human beings have become more morally conscious, more sensitive to injustice and intolerant of clear evil, it remains the case that we often either fail to recognize it in our midst, or refuse to respond to it decisively, out of self-interest or cowardice. It should tell us that, much as we would like to think that we surely would have stood bravely against slavery, even if embedded in a nineteenth-century society that tolerated and accepted it as a legal right, we might have acquiesced or been tepid in our condemnation. It should tell us that, much as we would like to think we would never have put up with what transpired in Nazi Germany in the 1930s and the 1940s, the evidence of our lives in twenty-first century America is that we might have put up with quite a lot.

The Unbearable Wrongness of Roe, by Michael Stokes Paulsen, Public Discourse, January 23rd, 2012

And our secular story allies in America, like the rich and famous Bill Gates, have a different view of the numbers because of who they believe we are, here in the story…


Gates was asked how he’s able to remain “so upbeat” about the state of the world in “this time of political division, violence and natural disasters.”

“How long people live, the reduction of disease… this period since World War II has been unbelievable – the reduction in violence, the improvement in literacy, the improvement of health is phenomenal,” he said.

“By almost any metric,” Gates argued, “the world is a far better place today – less violent deaths, less disease, more education – than ever in its history. It doesn’t mean we can feel complacent about that remaining burden.”

Gates noted that 12 million children under 5 years old died in 1990 and that figure is now less than 5 million per year.

The world, he said, is “100 times less violent than it was 1,000 years ago – that is, the percentage of deaths that are violent is down dramatically.”

Bill Gates Praises GOP-Led Congress, Says World ‘Far Better Place’ Than Ever Before, BY NICHOLAS BALLASY, PJ Media, JULY 1, 2018


But Paula Wong pointed out that if you look at America’s story with the possibility in mind that Christianity may be the story we are in, you see something rather startling in relation to the binary core value in the story of America… 


America’s story contains an unbroken thread…

…of assigning of inferior value 

…to a group of human beings…

… and then abusing them.


That may surprise you, but take a look at this…


America’s Timeline of Assigning Inferior Value

Part One

Slavery

From: Before the Founding of America

To: The End of the Civil War


Part Two

Segregation and Suppression of Civil Rights

From: The End of the Civil War

To: The 1960’s


And note how the following reveals that this second part has not completely gone out of America’s story…


The keynote of America’s domestic politics for the last 60 or 70 years— from sometime between the Supreme Court’s 1954 Brown v Board of Education school desegregation decision and the 1964 Civil Rights Act— has been the nation’s effort to undo the heinous wrongs that slavery and Jim Crow perpetrated on black Americans ever since the first slave was brought here in the 1640s.

America’s Worst President?, By Myron Magnet, City Journal, July 10, 2016

And here’s the third…


Part Three

Abortion

From: The 1970’s

To: The Present Day


So, if Christianity is the story we are in, the evil of assigning inferior value to persons made in the image and likeness of God results in a rather startling conclusion…


 The Underlying Identity Evil Is the Same…

for Racism, Abortion – and Genocide


At the foundational level, genocide, abortion and racism have something in common.

Genocide, abortion, and racism are all predicated upon one individual or group of human beings assigning inferior value to another individual or group of human beings.

As evidence of how genocide fits into this pattern, consider the following material which our team came across. First notice what the American columnist Mona Charen wrote in relation to the Cambodian genocide after the end of the Vietnam War…


As The Black Book of Communism records, “Democratic Kampuchea . . . was a place with no values or stable points of reference. It really was a nightmare world on the other side of the mirror. . . . The first article of faith was a radical dismissal of the idea that human life had any value. ‘Losing you is not a loss, and keeping you is no specific gain’ went one terrifying official slogan that recurs time and again in statements by witnesses.”

Mysterious Khmer, By Mona Charen, National Review, February 19, 2009

The Khmer Rouge simply assigned inferior value to their victims and then destroyed their lives.

Notice how this same question of valuation was raised by Romeo Dallaire, the Canadian general who was the head of the U.N. Peacekeeping force in Rwanda at the time of the genocide there in 1994 and was prevented from intervening in a way which could have saved many lives…



Several times in this book I have asked the question, “Are we all human, or are some more human than others?” Certainly we in the developed world act in a way that suggests we believe that our lives are worth more than the lives of other citizens of the planet. An American officer felt no shame as he informed me that the lives of 800,000 Rwandans were only worth risking the lives of 10 American troops; the Belgians, after losing 10 soldiers, insisted that the lives of Rwandans were not worth risking another Belgian soldier.

Romeo Dallaire, Shake Hands With the Devil

And here’s another example we found, this time from the American historian Eric Weitz’s history of genocide…


In the 18th century “mere” prejudice gave way to a far more comprehensive way of articulating and legislating human difference, a perspective that would also underpin many of the genocides of the twentieth century. Race thinking, formulated in the complex interactions among Europeans, Native Americans, and Africans, established a fixed hierarchy of difference rooted in the body. Race locked Africans into a position of eternal inferiority and also explained the middle ranking of Native Americans and the superior position of Europeans on the racial scale.

Eric D. Weitz, A Century of Genocide

And be patient, because here’s yet another…


Racism involves prejudice against a race or subgroup on the grounds of its imagined inferiority or threat. When racists act to destroy all or some members of a race or subgroup, they commit genocide.

Ben Kiernan, Blood and Soil: A World History of Genocide and Extermination from Sparta to Darfur

But just know we’re trying to emphasize the basic core which underlies all this: one group or individual assigning inferior value to another group or individual.

This gets interesting for America… if Christianity is the story we are in.

For instance, your former president, Barack Obama, is known as perhaps the most anti-racist and pro-abortion president in your history.

So, as Obama the Christian promoted abortion, he was just as guilty of the underlying foundational identity evil as those who are racists.

In both cases they are assigning inferior value to another human being. Of course, with abortion the intention is for someone to die from that assignation.

That may be the ultimate playing out of the story triangle tension in America’s unfolding drama.

But, what if – and we know this is unbelievable — you Christians may also be the guilty ones when it comes to this massive change?

We’ll come back and explore that later.


Is Abortion the Elephant in Your Room?


While your house divided may be the Gray Rhino in your room, our team is now wondering if you also have an elephant in the room…


By definition, nobody does anything about the elephant in the room, just standing there.

How to Make Sure Your Startup Can Thrive With Change, By Michele Wucker, INC., May 23, 2016

A gray rhino is the big, scary thing that’s right in front of you with the big horn that’s coming at you—very hard to ignore—but somehow we manage to ignore anyway. It’s related to the elephant in the room, but the elephant in the room stands still and we all take for granted that the elephant in the room is not gonna get attention, nobody’s going to say anything, nobody’s going to do anything.

Into the Wild: This Author Can Help Your Company Avoid the Elephant in the Room, By Parker Richards, Observer, April 2, 2016

We know that in the midst of your struggle with denial, it will be difficult for you to think seriously about the elephant in your room.

But Paula showed us another quote from Kreeft which ought to be haunting you Americans, because it shines a spotlight on your binary core value issue…


For the face that confronts us is not just the tiny, innocent face of the human baby, whom we have procreated, but the enormous, innocent face of Almighty God, who has created us and the baby. It is his image that abortion kills. Abortion is homicide, and homicide is deicide because man is God’s image, God’s child. Abortion’s victim is one of God’s kids, and if you kill any good father’s kids, you are far more his enemy than if you kill him. Do you think God is any less loyal to his kids than we are?

Peter Kreeft, Three Approaches to Abortion

You see, if Christianity is the story we are in, then you Americans are killing God’s children.

And that’s betrayal in the story.


And, you may be interested in this memo I sent my Uncle…


Intelligence Memorandum

Classified: Top Secret
Mao Tse Tongue!

To: General Tso
Deputy Assistant Minister of State Security
People’s Republic of China

From: Chow Non Phat
Deputy Assistant Minister for Diet Control

Re: Was LBJ Telling the Truth?

Dear General Tso,

Remember, Uncle, how I told you once how Shih Tzu interrupted our meeting and asked me this…

“What if, Comrade Chow, the Active Protagonist in the story of the nations intends to turn out the lights on the Party as part of his plan to elevate China above the United States? What if Ghost Fleet is a strange prophecy — a strange hint — of what is to come? If that could be the case, shouldn’t we try to preserve our power by making our run at the Four Year Sprint?”

Same thing happened today! And this time, here’s what he said, standing there surrounded by his ‘team within a team’ of traitors.

“Comrade Chow, are you aware that in the first volume of the famous biography of the American President Lyndon Baines Johnson by Robert Caro — the one titled The Path to Power — you find the following…”

And so Uncle, he pulls out a copy of the book and begins to read the following — and remember, this is from the most notable biographer of Johnson…

In the College Star’s humor column appears the following definition: “Bull: Greek philosophy in which Lyndon Johnson has an M.B. degree.”

“‘Master of Bullshit’ — that’s what M.B. means,” says one of Lyndon Johnson’s classmates, Henry Kyle. “He was known as the biggest liar on campus. In private, when there were no girls around, we called him ‘Bullshit’ Johnson.”

He was given the public nickname “Bull.”

“When you saw him, that’s what you called him,” says Horace Richards. ” ‘Hiya, Bull.’ ‘Howya doin’, Bull?’ Bull Johnson was his name, as far as we were concerned.”

That was what we called him to his face,” Edward Puls, another classmate, says. “That was what he was generally called. Because of this constant braggadocio. Because he was so full of bullshit, manure, that people just didn’t believe him. Because he was a man who just could not tell the truth.”

I have no idea where he is taking this. So when he finishes reading it, I say, “Thank you for that trivial fact about the Americans, Shih Tzu. But what does that possibly have to do with Ghost Fleet and our challenge of maintaining our power?”

And he smiled like he so often does when he feels that he has set me up for something.

“Comrade Chow, I appreciate your concern about the scenario presented in Ghost Fleet. I am glad that you have responded to my previous concerns. So now let’s ask this question. Did Lyndon B. Johnson continue to be ‘a man who just could not tell the truth’?”

How would I know, Uncle? Except that his path to power would have required at least a more consistent correspondence to reality.

“I don’t know, Shih Tzu, but I’m guessing his level of truth telling had to rise in some significant way.”

“Exactly my point!,” he said. “So now let’s look at another small but highly significant historical curiosity. Consider the following demographic nugget in the famous 1964 ‘Great Society’ speech by the American President Lyndon Johnson.”

And he had this quote appear upon the video screen in our meeting room:


Many of you will live to see the day, perhaps 50 years from now, when there will be 400 million Americans – four-fifths of them in urban areas.

President Lyndon B. Johnson’s Great Society Speech, Remarks at the University of Michigan, May 22, 1964


“Did you catch it, Comrade Chow?,” he said. “It’s now 50 plus years later. And what is the population of the United States? Four hundred million? No! It’s only 320 million! And why is it only 320 million instead of the 400 million Johnson and his demographic experts expected?”

We all knew right away, of course. But nobody said anything. And neither did I. And then Shih Tzu nodded and the following appeared on the video screen…


Abraham Lincoln recognized that we could not survive as a free land when some men could decide that others were not fit to be free and should therefore be slaves. Likewise, we cannot survive as a free nation when some men decide that others are not fit to live and should be abandoned to abortion or infanticide. My Administration is dedicated to the preservation of America as a free land, and there is no cause more important for preserving that freedom than affirming the transcendent right to life of all human beings, the right without which no other rights have any meaning.

Abortion and the Conscience of the Nation, By Ronald Reagan, Human Life Review, Spring, 1983


“You remember that quote, right?” said Shih Tzu.

We all recognized it from the research we had done.

“But what about this one?,” he asked. And another Reagan quote came up on the screen with the following picture…


Without God, there is a coarsening of the society. And without God, democracy will not and cannot long endure. If we ever forget that we’re one nation under God, then we will be a nation gone under.

Ronald Reagan, Dallas, Texas, August 23, 1984


“Two strikes are now in play against America, Comrade Chow,” said Shih Tzu. “It’s now in the ‘cannot long endure’ phase. But they haven’t put that together yet! Because if Johnson wasn’t lying in his inaugural address in January of 1965, then consider what else that most favored nation may have coming its way.”

And he quoted Johnson from that speech…


If we fail now, we shall have forgotten in abundance what we learned in hardship: that democracy rests on faith, that freedom asks more than it gives, and that the judgment of God is harshest on those who are most favored.

Inaugural Address of Lyndon Baines Johnson, January 20, 1965


Could it be possible, Uncle, that LBJ was telling the truth? If Christianity is the story we are in, is it possible God the Active Protagonist may intervene in judgment on America?

And what about us, Uncle? America never made it to 400 million, but look at this…


China’s population control policies are the longest-running and most far-reaching violations of human rights the world has ever seen.

Since 1979—first through the “one-child policy” and now through a “two-child policy”—the government of China has sanctioned state-sponsored violence and massive discrimination against women and children—particularly the girl child.


The Chinese government boasts that four hundred million Chinese children were “prevented” because of its efforts.

Let me put that number into perspective. The total number of people killed by various Communist and Fascists regimes in the 20th Century—Stalin, Hitler, Mao, Castro, and Pol Pot combine—is estimated to be around 100 million.  (The Black Book of Communism, S. Courtois, 1997)

How many of these 400 million children of China were “prevented” through coerced abortions or sterilization?  How many women were mocked, belittled, humiliated, and even hunted down because they were pregnant with a child the government did not permit?

In China, abortion has been used as a weapon of mass destruction.   Hundreds of millions of lives have been exterminated.

Forced Abortions in China: “The Nurse Showed Me Part of the Baby’s Bloody Foot With Her Tweezers”, CONGRESSMAN CHRIS SMITH, LifeNews, March 8, 2017



That memo is so relevant.

Four hundred million.

What a number.

But you never think of that, do you?

Neither do we.

But we might want to start thinking about the implications for both our nations.

Look what Paula found from Franklin Graham, the son of the famous American evangelist, Billy Graham…


Franklin Graham

✔@Franklin_Graham

@ChelseaClinton, daughter of former President @BillClinton & @HillaryClinton, claims that legalizing abortion added trillions of dollars to the economy. What a lie. Hitler probably also claimed that killing the Jews would be good for their economy. 1/3 https://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2018/08/14/chelsea-clinton-legalizing-abortion-created-trillions-in-economic-growth/ …

6:58 PM – Aug 15, 2018


Legalizing abortion hasn’t added anything to our country, it has only taken away & cost this nation more than 60 million lives—lives precious to God. Think of the contribution they would’ve made. I believe God will judge America for allowing the murder of unborn children. 2/3

7:05 PM – Aug 15, 2018


And then Paula showed us what Thomas Jefferson wrote 1782 which reflected his fear that God would judge America because of slavery – and remember, Jefferson the deist… was a slave owner…


Indeed I tremble for my country when I reflect that God is just: that his justice cannot sleep for ever: that considering numbers, nature and natural means only, a revolution of the wheel of fortune, an exchange of situation, is among possible events: that it may become probable by supernatural interference!

Thomas Jefferson: Notes on Virginia Q.XVIII, 1782

Supernatural interference!

And that reminded us of what your Moser man wrote…


A better formulation is this: what, if anything, is behind all of the world’s changes, including the movements in my experiences, such as the experienced ups and downs, comings and goings, and dyings and risings?

The fact of the world’s changes seems undeniable, at least from where I sit (for a time). Is there, however, something behind it all, not just as a cause, but as a meaning-conferring explanation? In par­ticular, is there a unifying power with constant intentions or purposes behind all of the movement or at least much of it? In other words, is there an intentional agent thus involved in the mix as a superhuman guide?

Paul Moser, The Severity of God

And as we talked about Thomas Jefferson’s fear of judgment, Paula showed us this…


As crowds cheered abortion as a positive good in Philadelphia, they emulated those who cheered human bondage as a positive good in the antebellum South. They would do well to heed the august warning of George Mason, a revolutionary-era patriot. Slavery, Mason warned, is a slow Poison, which is daily contaminating the Minds & Morals of our People. Every Gentlemen here is born a petty Tyrant. Practiced in Acts of Despotism & Cruelty, we become callous to the Dictates of Humanity, & all the finer feelings of the Soul. Taught to regard a part of our own Species in the most abject & contemptible Degree below us, we lose that Idea of the Dignity of Man, which the Hand of Nature had implanted in us, for great & useful purposes. Habituated from our Infancy to trample upon the Rights of Human Nature, every generous, every liberal Sentiment, if not extinguished, is enfeebled in our Minds. And in such an infernal School are to be educated our future Legislators & Rulers.

In the same way, modern Americans are being educated in an infernal school of thought that licenses raw individual will and desires over the lives of human beings bearing the image of the divine. Reflecting on slavery in Virginia, Thomas Jefferson wrote: “I tremble for my country when I reflect that God is just; that his justice cannot sleep forever.” As we reflect on our country’s embrace of abortion, we too should tremble.

Abortion as a Positive Good: How the Abortion Movement Echoes Radical Slavery Rhetoric, By Miles Smith, Public Discourse, August 3rd, 2016

And look at this…


Governments are instituted among men, the Declaration of Independence explains, not to bring about utopia, but to secure the fundamental rights of individuals — the first of which is the right to life. So the most basic duty and responsibility of government is to protect its people from deadly violence. This duty is most acute when the targets are the innocent and defenseless. Nobody is more innocent and defenseless than a baby, born or as yet unborn.

A country that doesn’t respect the right to life of the unborn, that indeed makes an exception for lives whose humanity is hidden, whose presence may be inconvenient, and whose voice is inaudible, is a morally sclerotic country, where we can expect all sorts of evils to bubble up.

A victory for nihilism in Ireland, by Washington Examiner, May 27, 2018

If Christianity is the story we are in, you may want to begin to get ready for an unfolding drama that will haunt you.

Of course, all of this is ultimately meaningless if our version of the human story is reality.

But…


What if Abraham Lincoln understood something we have all ignored?


You see, Paula Wong helped us see how there may be some parallel between breakup of the nation of Israel, after the rule of Solomon, and your Civil War.

“I know this sounds strange, Comrade Chow,” she said, “but what if what Abraham Lincoln believed, that the Civil War was payback for sins previously committed, fits with a passage we found about the breakup of Israel?”

And she showed it to us …


The LORD became angry with Solomon because his heart had turned away from the LORD, the God of Israel, who had appeared to him twice. Although he had forbidden Solomon to follow other gods, Solomon did not keep the LORD’s command. So the LORD said to Solomon, “Since this is your attitude and you have not kept my covenant and my decrees, which I commanded you, I will most certainly tear the kingdom away from you and give it to one of your subordinates. Nevertheless, for the sake of David your father, I will not do it during your lifetime. I will tear it out of the hand of your son. Yet I will not tear the whole kingdom from him, but will give him one tribe for the sake of David my servant and for the sake of Jerusalem, which I have chosen.”

1 Kings 11:9-13

So perhaps you should also think seriously about the following observations of modern America …


For me, it is enough to consider that, in America alone, more than forty million babies have been aborted since the Supreme Court invented the “right” that allows for this, and that there are many for whom this is viewed not even as a tragic “necessity,” but as a triumph of moral truth. When the Carthaginians were prevailed upon to cease sacrificing their babies, at least the place vacated by Baal reminded them that they should seek the divine above themselves; we offer up our babies to “my” freedom of choice, to “me.” No society’s moral vision has ever, surely, been more degenerate than that.

A Most Partial Historian, by David B. Hart, First Things, December 2003

And this…


We can discuss history and analyze policy options all day. But if you want my answer for what is actually going on in this election, I suspect we are experiencing God’s wrath.

I look at the headlines, our candidates, our political parties, our civic life, and mostly what occurs to me is that God has given us over to ourselves in this election, and he lets us make fools of ourselves with it. And not just this election. All the signs of God’s judgment of a nation, or a civilization, seem to be on us. In the Biblical accounts of Chronicles, you see the pattern. Faithful kings “seek” after God and ensure that a faithful liturgy is celebrated in Solomon’s Temple. Unfaithful kings make alliances with wicked nations, and cement these alliances with idolatrous worship in “the high places” or even the Temple itself. This lack of faithfulness is generalized, and the priests become wicked and oppressive. The life of God’s people becomes marked by violence, dislocation, and oppression. They lose the blessings of the Lord: good harvests, healthy children. They stop winning wars. They are conquered.

The Catholic Church, which I belong to, is rotten with wicked priests and mediocre leadership, ruined by pathetic attempts to make an alliance with the spirit of the age it lives in. It debauched its own liturgy to effect this alliance. Our sister churches of the Middle East are being put on the wrack of martyrdom by Sunni extremists, and the Western Church — fat with German money — is obsessed about how it might come to bless adultery. Last week, I read that the pope is seeking to come to some kind of understanding with a murderous regime in China. How pitiful. And then I look closer to home. Many civilizations have disgraced themselves with the murder of their enemies. But my own is one of few so debauched that we kill our own children and call it good.

This election is God’s judgment on us, By Michael Brendan Dougherty, The Week, November 7, 2016

And this…


The country was, as Lincoln would call it, “a house divided” on a central question: Were slaves persons, and thus entitled to the rights of men enshrined in America’s founding? Or were they property, to be disposed of accordingly?

America resolved that particular dispute (bloodily, alas), but the debate did not end. It continues today, just about a different class — the unborn.

….

In the Civil War, we fought to vindicate every man’s right to liberty. What is at stake in the current conflict is the only right more fundamental: that of life.

….

Abortion, though, and all of its concomitant crimes, we brought upon ourselves. It is our truly original sin. And if the judgments of the Lord are, indeed, true and righteous altogether, surely we ought to be concerned.

America Is a House Divided on Abortion. Can It Stand? By Ian Tuttle, National Review, July 16, 2015

Is it possible America has changed so much now that it is in the “nation such as this” category?

Look at this three-time repeated observation from your God in the book of Jeremiah, concerning Israel’s sin …


Shall I not punish them for these things? declares the Lord; and shall I not avenge myself on a nation such as this?

Jeremiah 5:9, 29; 9:9


And look at the broader passage where it shows up in chapter 5.

It so fits with, well, look at it yourself…


Jeremiah 5

7 “How can I pardon you? Your children have forsaken me and have sworn by those who are no gods.

When I fed them to the full, they committed adultery and trooped to the houses of whores.

8 They were well-fed, lusty stallions, each neighing for his neighbor’s wife.

9 Shall I not punish them for these things? declares the Lord; and shall I not avenge myself on a nation such as this?

10 “Go up through her vine rows and destroy, but make not a full end; strip away her branches, for they are not the Lord’s.

11 The house of Israel and the house of Judah have been utterly unfaithful to me,” declares the LORD.

12 They have lied about the LORD; they said, “He will do nothing!   No harm will come to us; we will never see sword or famine.

13 The prophets are but wind and the word is not in them; so let what they say be done to them.”

……

21 Hear this, you foolish and senseless people, who have eyes but do not see, who have ears but do not hear:

22 Should you not fear me?” declares the LORD. “Should you not tremble in my presence? I made the sand a boundary for the sea, an everlasting barrier it cannot cross. The waves may roll, but they cannot prevail; they may roar, but they cannot cross it.

23 But these people have stubborn and rebellious hearts; they have turned aside and gone away.

24 They do not say to themselves, ‘Let us fear the LORD our God, who gives autumn and spring rains in season, who assures us of the regular weeks of harvest.’

25 Your wrongdoings have kept these away; your sins have deprived you of good.

26 “Among my people are wicked men who lie in wait like men who snare birds and like those who set traps to catch men.

27 Like cages full of birds, their houses are full of deceit; they have become rich and powerful

28 and have grown fat and sleek. Their evil deeds have no limit; they do not plead the case of the fatherless to win it, they do not defend the rights of the poor.

29 Should I not punish them for this?” declares the LORD. “Should I not avenge myself on such a nation as this?


Notice that God’s judgment in these kinds of matters isn’t limited to Israel — it encompasses “a nation such as this” — so, it’s universal in its scope.

And that is certainly fitting with the reality from those passages we looked at — that if Christianity is the story we are in, your God judges nations.


God still rules over all nations, not just His chosen people. He still opposes nations that violate human rights, and He will judge them. The old order may pass away with the turning of the pages of the calendar, but the divine order does not change. God remains the same. God’s methods change, His requirements for His people change, His dispensations (household rules) change, but His underlying attitudes toward people do not change. Cruelty is as hateful to God today as it ever has been.

Notes on Amos, By Dr. Thomas L. Constable, Sonic Light

And it looks like your Founders were thinking seriously about these things…


Congress’s views on God and religion are revealed most fully in the texts of the various fast and thanksgiving proclamations issued during the course of the Revolutionary War. Throughout the war, Congress appointed committees to write resolutions for days of “fasting and humiliation” in which Americans were urged to cease their labor, go to church, and pray for the nation. As might be expected, these resolutions often came with an acknowledgment of God’s providence. The proclamation of June 12, 1775, began by affirming that the “great Governor of the World, by his supreme and universal Providence, not only conducts the course of nature with unerring wisdom and rectitude, but frequently influences the minds of men to serve the wise and gracious purposes of his providential government.” The God invoked here is an active God who intervenes in the lives of human beings and nations. Many of these proclamations, as in the case of the one issued on March 29, 1779, affirmed that God had brought the colonies into the war as a punishment for the sins and transgressions of their people: “Whereas, in just punishment of our manifold transgressions it hath pleased the Supreme Disposer of all events to visit these United States with a destructive calamitous war, through which his divine Providence hath, hitherto, in a wonderful manner, conducted us. . . .” Or, as the proclamation of March 11, 1780, noted, “It having pleased the righteous Governor of the World, for the punishment of our manifold offences, to permit the sword of war still to harass our country. . .”  The Congress affirmed that God brought war because his people had sinned. 

John Fea, Was America Founded as a Christian Nation?

So, what if you’ve also been “a nation such as this” before?

Look at this famous speech from Frederick Douglass …


What, to the American slave, is your 4th of July? I answer: a day that reveals to him, more than all other days in the year, the gross injustice and cruelty to which he is the constant victim.To him, your celebration is a sham; your boasted liberty, an unholy license; your national greatness, swelling vanity; your sounds of rejoicing are empty and heartless; your denunciations of tyrants, brass fronted impudence; your shouts of liberty and equality, hollow mockery; your prayers and hymns, your sermons and thanksgivings, with all your religious parade, and solemnity, are, to him, mere bombast, fraud, deception, impiety, and hypocrisy — a thin veil to cover up crimes which would disgrace a nation of savages.

Frederick Douglass, What to the Slave is the 4th of July?

That speech by Douglass raises a fascinating question about your future as a nation.

Since the Civil War came less than a decade later, you may want to note what Douglass said in that speech about the state of America in 1852…


There is not a nation on the earth guilty of practices, more shocking and bloody, than are the people of these United States, at this very hour.

Go where you may, search where you will, roam through all the monarchies and despotisms of the old world, travel through South America, search out every abuse, and when you have found the last, lay your facts by the side of the everyday practices of this nation, and you will say with me, that, for revolting barbarity and shameless hypocrisy, America reigns without a rival.


That sounds like “a nation such as this.”

Are you even concerned by these possibilities?

We want to know.


Child Sacrifice and Abortion


Paula Wong also showed us something else which caught our attention. It looks like there may be a connection in your Bible between child sacrifice and abortion.

And then she showed us this, to help us see how history rhymes…


Is there not something truly rotten in the modern world?

Yes indeed. The evidence speaks for itself. With eyes wide open to the degradation we see all around us, we know that things are rotten in the modern world. Who can deny it? And yet something is truly rotten in the modern world because there is something truly rotten in the heart of man; or, to put the matter in Shakespearean and therefore perennial terms, there is something rotten in the state of Denmark because there is something rotten in the state of man. That “something rotten” is what theologians call sin, the father of which is that narcissistic self-deification which theologians call pride. It is pride that rots the heart of man and it is pride that degrades man’s relationship with his neighbours.

This sorry and sordid reality plays itself out in every generation of human history. The Canaanites sacrificed their own children to bloodthirsty gods. Herod slaughtered the innocent. Caesar rendered unto himself the blood of the martyrs. And this slaughter that is ancient is the same as the slaughter that is new. From the Armenian genocide to the Rwandan genocide, we kill each other in the name of race. From the guillotines of the French Revolution to the gulags of the communist revolution, we kill each other in the name of class. And like the Canaanites we sacrifice our own children, slaughtering them to lustful gods in the name of “planned parenthood.” No, nothing changes. 

THE RISEN CHRIST AND FALLEN CIVILIZATION, By Joseph Pearce, Imaginative Conservative, April 21st, 2019

So, if Christianity is the story we’re in, you really might want to take this seriously.

Because your God is not passive.

First, Paula explained that your God had told the Israelites… not to do it.

Here is some of the material she showed us…


When the Lord your God cuts off before you the nations whom you go in to dispossess, and you dispossess them and dwell in their land, take care that you be not ensnared to follow them, after they have been destroyed before you, and that you do not inquire about their gods, saying, ‘How did these nations serve their gods?—that I also may do the same.’  You shall not worship the Lord your God in that way, for every abominable thing that the Lord hates they have done for their gods, for they even burn their sons and their daughters in the fire to their gods.

Deuteronomy 12:29-31


The Lord spoke to Moses, saying, “Say to the people of Israel, Any one of the people of Israel or of the strangers who sojourn in Israel who gives any of his children to Molech shall surely be put to death. The people of the land shall stone him with stones. I myself will set my face against that man and will cut him off from among his people, because he has given one of his children to Molech, to make my sanctuary unclean and to profane my holy name. And if the people of the land do at all close their eyes to that man when he gives one of his children to Molech, and do not put him to death, then I will set my face against that man and against his clan and will cut them off from among their people, him and all who follow him in whoring after Molech.

Leviticus 20:1-5


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


But, they did it anyway…


They served their idols,
which became a snare to them.
They sacrificed their sons
and their daughters to the demons;
they poured out innocent blood,
the blood of their sons and daughters,
whom they sacrificed to the idols of Canaan,
 and the land was polluted with blood.
Thus they became unclean by their acts,
and played the whore in their deeds.

Then the anger of the Lord was kindled against his people,
and he abhorred his heritage;
he gave them into the hand of the nations,
so that those who hated them ruled over them.
Their enemies oppressed them,
and they were brought into subjection under their power.

Psalm 106:36-42


But you, draw near,
sons of the sorceress,
offspring of the adulterer and the loose woman.
Whom are you mocking?
Against whom do you open your mouth wide
and stick out your tongue?
Are you not children of transgression,
the offspring of deceit,
you who burn with lust among the oaks,
under every green tree,
who slaughter your children in the valleys,
under the clefts of the rocks?

Isaiah 57:3-5


And even the famous King Solomon, their ultimate man of success, got involved in it…


Now King Solomon loved many foreign women, along with the daughter of Pharaoh: Moabite, Ammonite, Edomite, Sidonian, and Hittite women, from the nations concerning which the Lord had said to the people of Israel, “You shall not enter into marriage with them, neither shall they with you, for surely they will turn away your heart after their gods.” Solomon clung to these in love. He had 700 wives, who were princesses, and 300 concubines. And his wives turned away his heart. For when Solomon was old his wives turned away his heart after other gods, and his heart was not wholly true to the Lord his God, as was the heart of David his father. For Solomon went after Ashtoreth the goddess of the Sidonians, and after Milcom the abomination of the Ammonites. So Solomon did what was evil in the sight of the Lord and did not wholly follow the Lord, as David his father had done. Then Solomon built a high place for Chemosh the abomination of Moab, and for Molech the abomination of the Ammonites, on the mountain east of Jerusalem. And so he did for all his foreign wives, who made offerings and sacrificed to their gods.

1 Kings 11:1-8


And here’s more…


Ahaz was twenty years old when he began to reign, and he reigned sixteen years in Jerusalem. And he did not do what was right in the eyes of the Lord, as his father David had done, but he walked in the ways of the kings of Israel. He even made metal images for the Baals, and he made offerings in the Valley of the Son of Hinnom and burned his sons as an offering, according to the abominations of the nations whom the Lord drove out before the people of Israel. And he sacrificed and made offerings on the high places and on the hills and under every green tree.

Therefore the Lord his God gave him into the hand of the king of Syria, who defeated him and took captive a great number of his people and brought them to Damascus. He was also given into the hand of the king of Israel, who struck him with great force.

2 Chronicles 28:1-5


Manasseh was twelve years old when he began to reign, and he reigned fifty-five years in Jerusalem. And he did what was evil in the sight of the Lord, according to the abominations of the nations whom the Lord drove out before the people of Israel. For he rebuilt the high places that his father Hezekiah had broken down, and he erected altars to the Baals, and made Asheroth, and worshiped all the host of heaven and served them. And he built altars in the house of the Lord, of which the Lord had said, “In Jerusalem shall my name be forever.” And he built altars for all the host of heaven in the two courts of the house of the Lord. And he burned his sons as an offering in the Valley of the Son of Hinnom, and used fortune-telling and omens and sorcery, and dealt with mediums and with necromancers. He did much evil in the sight of the Lord, provoking him to anger. And the carved image of the idol that he had made he set in the house of God, of which God said to David and to Solomon his son, “In this house, and in Jerusalem, which I have chosen out of all the tribes of Israel, I will put my name forever, and I will no more remove the foot of Israel from the land that I appointed for your fathers, if only they will be careful to do all that I have commanded them, all the law, the statutes, and the rules given through Moses.” Manasseh led Judah and the inhabitants of Jerusalem astray, to do more evil than the nations whom the Lord destroyed before the people of Israel.

2 Chronicles 33:1-9


Therefore, thus says the Lord: Behold, I am giving this city into the hands of the Chaldeans and into the hand of Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon, and he shall capture it. The Chaldeans who are fighting against this city shall come and set this city on fire and burn it, with the houses on whose roofs offerings have been made to Baal and drink offerings have been poured out to other gods, to provoke me to anger.  For the children of Israel and the children of Judah have done nothing but evil in my sight from their youth. The children of Israel have done nothing but provoke me to anger by the work of their hands, declares the Lord. This city has aroused my anger and wrath, from the day it was built to this day, so that I will remove it from my sight because of all the evil of the children of Israel and the children of Judah that they did to provoke me to anger—their kings and their officials, their priests and their prophets, the men of Judah and the inhabitants of Jerusalem. They have turned to me their back and not their face. And though I have taught them persistently, they have not listened to receive instruction. They set up their abominations in the house that is called by my name, to defile it. They built the high places of Baal in the Valley of the Son of Hinnom, to offer up their sons and daughters to Molech, though I did not command them, nor did it enter into my mind, that they should do this abomination, to cause Judah to sin.

Jeremiah 32:28-35


And look at this wild story Paula found in your book of Ezekiel…


“When I passed by you again and saw you, behold, you were at the age for love, and I spread the corner of my garment over you and covered your nakedness; I made my vow to you and entered into a covenant with you, declares the Lord God, and you became mine. Then I bathed you with water and washed off your blood from you and anointed you with oil. I clothed you also with embroidered cloth and shod you with fine leather. I wrapped you in fine linen and covered you with silk. And I adorned you with ornaments and put bracelets on your wrists and a chain on your neck. And I put a ring on your nose and earrings in your ears and a beautiful crown on your head. Thus you were adorned with gold and silver, and your clothing was of fine linen and silk and embroidered cloth. You ate fine flour and honey and oil. You grew exceedingly beautiful and advanced to royalty. And your renown went forth among the nations because of your beauty, for it was perfect through the splendor that I had bestowed on you, declares the Lord God.

“But you trusted in your beauty and played the whore because of your renown and lavished your whorings on any passerby; your beauty became his. You took some of your garments and made for yourself colorful shrines, and on them played the whore. The like has never been, nor ever shall be. You also took your beautiful jewels of my gold and of my silver, which I had given you, and made for yourself images of men, and with them played the whore. And you took your embroidered garments to cover them, and set my oil and my incense before them. Also my bread that I gave you—I fed you with fine flour and oil and honey—you set before them for a pleasing aroma; and so it was, declares the Lord God. And you took your sons and your daughters, whom you had borne to me, and these you sacrificed to them to be devoured. Were your whorings so small a matter that you slaughtered my children and delivered them up as an offering by fire to them? And in all your abominations and your whorings you did not remember the days of your youth, when you were naked and bare, wallowing in your blood.

Ezekiel 16:8-22 


Then Paula showed us some material related to the parallels between child sacrifice and abortion…


Finally, the flourishing of abortion in modern America, like child sacrifice in ancient Carthage, at the height of its civilization is an unmistakable parallel. The words written by P. Mosca at the conclusion of his doctoral dissertation dealing with child sacrifice might well be written of abortion today:

. . . it is impossible to deal with this subject at any length without coming to terms with the human dimension: how could a culture so well developed morally, intellectually and materially tolerate so “abominable” a custom? How could a sophisticated people sanction what seems to be such a barbaric practice for so long a time? How at the most visceral and critical level could human parents bring about the destruction of their own child?”

Mosca P.G., Child Sacrifice in Caananite and Israelite Religion, Ph.D. dissertation, Harvard University, 1975

One religious truth emerges in comparing ancient child sacrifice to modem abortion, i.e., people become like the gods/God they worship. The Carthaginians worshipped Ba’al Hammon, equivalent to Kronos and Saturn. Not surprisingly they became like him, willing to sacrifice their children to avert potential danger and gain success in their self-serving endeavors. Modern autonomous man worships himself and is willing to abort his own offspring in order to resolve crises and achieve his own goals. In serving the idolatrous self, men become more and more like the self-serving idol they worship, i.e. sinful man. They are willing to disregard any of God’s gracious laws in order to accomplish their own ends. In their self-idolatry men have set themselves on a downward spiral of depravity and destruction from which only God’s gracious mercy can deliver them.

Abortion and the Ancient Practice of Child Sacrifice, By Andrew White, M.D., Associates For Biblical Research, January 5, 2012

Parallels of Child Sacrifice and Abortion

At the risk on the one hand of pointing out obvious parallels and on the other hand of suggesting parallels which some may say are forced, we compare the ancient practice of child sacrifice with the modern practice of abortion. However, before going any further it should be noted that the parallels between the two have been recognized for centuries. Tertullian, for example, commenting on the Roman practice of infanticide by comparing it to the Carthaginian practice of child sacrifice, admonishes:

there is no difference as to baby killing whether you do it as a sacred rite or just because you choose to do it.

In the same context Tertullian describes the Christian attitude towards both abortion and infanticide saying:

For us murder is once for all forbidden; so even the child in the womb, while yet the mother’s blood is still being drawn on to form the human being, it is not lawful to destroy. To forbid birth is only quicker murder. It makes no difference whether one take away the life once born or destroy it as it comes to birth. He is a man, who is to be a man, the fruit is always present in the seed.

Tertullian, Apologeticus IX

The most obvious parallel between the rite of child sacrifice and the practice of abortion is the sober fact that the parents actually kill their own offspring. There are however many other parallels. At Carthage the main reason for sacrificing a child was to avert potential dangers in a crisis or to gain success through fulfilling a vow. Today many times when a woman faces an unwanted pregnancy, abortion seems to be the only way to resolve the crisis she finds herself in. The potential danger to reputation, education, career, etc., become overwhelming. To avert the seemingly terrifying consequences of carrying a pregnancy to term, the woman may turn to abortion as a means of escape. Another woman may experience much less of the anxiety and fear that accompany a crisis. She may simply see the pregnancy as an intrusion into her self-serving lifestyle and an obstacle in the way of the road to her success. Sadly this woman’s offspring must be sacrificed so that she can continue uninterrupted with her plans for the future.

Abortion and the Ancient Practice of Child Sacrifice, By Andrew White, M.D., Associates For Biblical Research, January 5, 2012

Perhaps one way to get modern-day Christians to rightly consider abortion is to find a comparison that they can more readily relate to, or be familiar with. Since all Christians should have a working knowledge of the Old Testament, perhaps finding an ancient parallel there to the modern abortion tragedy would be helpful.

Clearly the best parallel that can be found is the issue of child sacrifice which is mentioned numerous times in the Old Testament. Since God made crystal clear his absolute revulsion of this ancient practice, it might help us to get some perspective on how God feels about the practice of abortion today.

A Different Perspective on Abortion, By Bill Muehlenberg, Culture Watch, September 1, 2006

Such an abomination as child sacrifice does occur in our Western nations, and in fact the whole world. In America alone there is so much child sacrifice that it makes what Hitler did during the Holocaust pale by comparison.

Now abortion is not called child sacrifice. And the victims are not called children. Different terms are used in an attempt to hide the reality of what is actually happening in this modern-day holocaust. Terms like fetal tissue, abortionpro-choicewomen’s rightswomen’s health care, and other words are used to hide a reality: the killing of a human being made in the image of God! It’s murder! It’s child sacrifice.

Abortion and Child Sacrifice, By Ken Ham, Answers in Genesis, October 26, 2015


Now, your negaphobia may push away the possibility, but you should be aware that not everyone is ignoring the possibility that your nation is in great danger…


Something is happening in this land which God did not command nor did it enter His mind – this place is being filled with the blood of the innocent. So beware, for blood is on our hands and God will set his face against us unless we repent and are cleansed by his merciful forgiveness.

This is what the Lord says:

Look I am preparing a disaster for you and devising a plan against you. So turn from your evil ways, each one of you, and reform your ways and your actions. (Jeremiah 18:11)

Oh, that we might not respond like ancient Israel.

It is no use. We will continue with our own plans, each of us will follow the stubborness of his evil heart. (Jeremiah 18:12)

Abortion and the Ancient Practice of Child Sacrifice, By Andrew White, M.D., Associates For Biblical Research, January 5, 2012

Abortion is a serious matter with God. We absolutely must base our views on God’s will—not the will of men. The very heart and soul of this great nation is being ripped out by unethical actions like abortion.

Abortion and Exodus 21, By Dave Miller PhD, Associates For Biblical Research, February 20, 2012

Daily in America, thousands of children are being sacrificed—yes, a sacrifice. We all think that the Canaanites and other pagan cultures were barbaric because of their ritual child sacrifice. But the brutality and bloodshed happening in the Western nations today makes the Canaanites look mild by comparison.

Now, to whom are these children today being sacrificed? To the god of self!

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I suggest that perhaps God is now judging the nations that have shed the blood of millions of children sacrificed to the god of self.

These . . . things the Lord hates . . . hands that shed innocent blood. (Proverbs 6:16–17)


We are observing the dismantling of the Christian influence in this nation (and the whole Western world) that had led to its greatness in the world.

Abortion and Child Sacrifice, By Ken Ham, Answers in Genesis, October 26, 2015

Abortion: Sacrificing Our Sons and Daughters to Demons

It is the sacrificing of our sons and daughters to demons. And someday we will see this. And we will be as amazed that it could have endured so long as we are that the enslavement of Africans lasted as long as it did. The issue is just as clear as that one was. And we are just as blind today as they were then. The big difference is that the babies can’t run away. The underground railroad is entirely dependent on you, not them.

Abortion: The Innocent Blood of Our Sons and Daughters, By John Piper, Desiring God, JANUARY 27, 2008

Today, child sacrifice is practiced throughout the world. There has been a resurgence of child sacrifice in Uganda. Witch doctors have been implicated in the mutilation and death of children who were killed in an effort to bring good fortune and wealth to those willing to pay for it. There is also a correlation between child sacrifice and modern-day abortion. Unprecedented numbers of children have been “sacrificed” at the hands of abortionists for the sake of convenience, immorality, or pride. Hundreds of thousands of babies have been killed so that their parents can maintain a certain lifestyle. God hates “hands that shed innocent blood” (Proverbs 6:17), and we can be sure that God will judge this horrendous sin.

“What does the Bible say about child sacrifice?”, GotQuestions.com

Considering God’s attitude of wrathful anger towards the Israelites when it came to child sacrifice, do Christians really think our nation (and the church) is exempt from wrathful, divine displeasure when we defend, support, or ignore the practice of legalized infanticide? Christian Americans in particular, with the infallible guide of God’s special revelation, and the freedom to worship the Lord Jesus with nominal persecution, ought to know better. We will be held to a higher account on the day of judgment.

It is my sincere hope that the reader will be motivated to humbly ask God what actions he or she might take in good Christian conscience concerning abortion in the present day, which is plainly and unequivocally a modern-day manifestation of child sacrifice. May we repent and turn from any semblance of cooperation with the modern day cult of Molech, and hear and apply the command of the Spirit of Christ through Paul: “Take no part in the unfruitful works of darkness, but instead expose them” (Eph 5:11). May we also pray for our churches, ourselves, and our nation, that we might have the moral courage to oppose this malignant and malevolent modern-day child sacrifice.

Canaanite Child Sacrifice, Abortion, and the Bible, By Henry B. Smith, Jr., The Journal of Ministry and Theology

We as a culture seem to be just as idolatrous as the Canaanites were. We seem to be just as much involved in sexual promiscuity. And we seem to be just as much involved in murder. They often go together. If God had to act against the Canaanites, does he not also need to act against our own culture? Have we not provoked the wrath of God as much as the Canaanites have?

A Different Perspective on Abortion, By Bill Muehlenberg, Culture Watch, September 1, 2006

God, through the prophet Jeremiah, tells us that the act of child sacrifice is so wicked that it never even entered his mind that his people could do something so despicable. This is a stunning statement to come from the mouth of a sovereign and all-knowing God! Read it again to make sure you feel the weight of what God is saying. “Nor did it come into my mind” that my people would “burn their sons in the fire as burnt offerings to Baal.” The domestication of abortion has made it tragically commonplace, so much so that we seem to have lost our ability to be outraged by it. How is it that even we who oppose abortion are not more overwhelmed by the fact that it is legal, in the United States of America, to tear apart the tiny bodies of helpless unborn children?

The Old Testament accounts of child sacrifice give us as close a parallel to abortion as anything we’ll find in Scripture. Though the nature of the idols has changed, the sacrifice is virtually the same. The false gods of today are not Molech or Baal, but wealth, freedom, and autonomy. These modern idols drive most abortions. It is unthinkable that God’s people would sacrifice the lives of their own children, but it is also unthinkable that God’s people would do nothing while other children are being sacrificed all around them!

A Biblical Mandate to Do Something About Abortion, By Michael Spielman, Abort73.com

So, now we are wondering about something. Is it possible that your elephant in the room is an indication that you may have reached a point of no return?

And since abortion is about that same simple question America has always faced – Who are we, here in the story? – then, you may want to seriously consider something Paula found, by a guy whose name I won’t dare try and pronounce. She was taken by his evaluation of what your Supreme Court actually did in 1973 and 1992. It’s a lengthy quote, but brought us more understanding.


If you want to know why the United States is in a constitutional crisis, a good place to begin thinking about it is the series of outrages perpetrated by the 1992 Supreme Court decision Planned Parenthood v. Casey, which upheld the outcome, though not the reasoning, of the infamous abortion decision Roe v. Wade (1973).

The first atrocity was that the Casey Court reaffirmed what it would seem that no government can affirm without undermining the grounds of its own authority: a private right to use lethal violence for any reasons whatsoever against an unprotected class of persons.

The second was that the Court upheld Roe even while admitting that it may have been decided unconstitutionally. “[W]e are satisfied,” say the jurists, “that the immediate question is not the soundness of Roe’s resolution of the issue, but the precedential force that must be accorded the ruling.” In effect this statement sets the Court itself in the place of the Constitution, and it seems that the Justices intend no less, for they declare explicitly that “the rule of law” depends on citizens accepting their decisions.

The third was that the Court unilaterally established a religion, something the Constitution explicitly forbids: the religion of radical selfism. By contrast with the Founders, who pledged themselves to the laws of nature and of nature’s God, they announce a “right to define one’s own concept of existence, of meaning, of the universe, and of the mystery of human life.” Unborn children may be killed, it seems, because each person decides for himself which rules have “meaning” and who counts as “human.”

In such a polity no one can long be safe. Indeed, the wonder of it all is how one thing leads to another. Having declared that the Constitution somehow includes a right to define reality, the judges must put themselves in its place: if he wishes to survive, any king who says “Everything is permitted” must add “But I decide for everyone what ‘everything’ includes.” To take a longer view of the matter, in order to justify violating the natural law against killing, the Court has at last found it necessary to defy the principle of our own republican government (the balance of powers), the principle of all republican government (that the weak have equal standing with the strong), and the principle of government as such (that rule is ordained to protect, not destroy).

The Future of the End of Democracy, by J. Budziszewski, First Things (March 1999)

See the identity thread there? Who counts as human?

There is a real connection between thinking about the unborn as mere animals to be sold for parts and how the secularists like us view the rest of humanity…


At their harshest, atheists may dehumanize those who are religious or consider them throwbacks to earlier evolutionary cousins of humans. Particularly in the online survey, atheists commonly referred to those who are religious as developmentally impaired, brutish, or unevolved.

There Is No God: Atheists in America, by David A. Williamson and George Yancy

So, then, without God, why is murder wrong?

Is it, as Dawkins argues, because reason says so?

My reason says murder is wrong, just as Dawkins’s reason does. But, again, so what? The pre-Christian Germanic tribes of Europe regarded the Church’s teaching that murder was wrong as preposterous. They reasoned that killing innocent people was acceptable and normal because the strong should do whatever they wanted.

In addition, reason alone without God is pretty weak in leading to moral behavior. When self-interest and reason collide, reason usually loses. That’s why we have the word “rationalize” —  using reason to argue for what is wrong.

A Response to Richard Dawkins, By Dennis Prager, National Review, October 1, 2013

You see, we really do believe that human beings are ultimately animals.

And look how that belief played out for us in China…


During the Cultural Revolution itself, the Chinese became like wild beasts, a situation made possible by their atheist background and the violence at the heart of communist ideology. They stopped at nothing to achieve their objective, with husbands and wives betraying each other, children denouncing their parents, and students attacking their teachers. It was a time when virtually everyone in China was transformed into a monster complicit in the bloodshed.

As these events unfolded, people were only concerned about ideology: They cared little for individual human lives, much less for honor. The Cultural Revolution brought out the beast in the Chinese; it was a cathartic release of the will to sin.

Cultural Revolution isn’t over yet in PRC, By Cao Changqing, Taipei Times, May 19, 2006

But, if we’re in the Christian story, humans are not animals at all. They are image bearers of your great King.

And the implications of that possibility are, well, you can imagine.

So, do you Christians in America even want to think about all this?

Please let us know.