There's something a little strange when a secular voice speaks moral truth loud and clear while many religious voices are silent or dead wrong. Rush Limbaugh, in fact, speaks up more frequently and more clearly than many U.S. bishops and religious. When have we heard the nuns on the bus say, abortion "is at the root of our cultural rot and decay?" Never! Sr. Simone Campbell is more likely to say our problems are due to not enough immigration or global warming.
I remember the first time I heard Rush speak up for the unborn about fifteen years ago, the first time I'd heard a national media figure speak up so clearly and call abortion murder. And he repeats it frequently. Rush sees clearly that abortion is a disaster for any country that embraces it. "I think it is the cause of so much that seems to be inexplicable to people," he said. "Why are 10-year-olds shooting each other to death in Chicago? Why is our society so permissive, anything goes, the more ribald, the better? The more honorable, the more boring it is said to be."
He's absolutely right. Why should anyone ask how a mom like Susan Smith can murder her toddlers when they had no problem with her killing a baby by abortion? Isn't it strange that the same people who can see that slavery and segregation coarsened a nation's attitudes toward people of color, can't see that abortion coarsens a nation's attitude toward life itself?
Planned Parenthood assured us that when every child was a "wanted child," violence against children would disappear. Instead, research indicates the opposite, no surprise to people who can reason logically. If a mother owns her baby as disposable property before birth, why not after birth? The correlation between abortion and abuse makes perfect sense. The baby is a doll object with no intrinsic value. His or her value is determined by the desires and feelings of the mother. We've taught an entire generation that people are disposable.
Think about it, doesn't that same self-centered mentality explain a lot of other societal problems? Isn't the "knockout game" the result of objectifying others who can be assaulted at will based on the feelings of the attackers? Isn't flash mob violence by teens possible because no one has any intrinsic rights based on their intrinsic value as persons?
Yes, Rush has it right. Abortion is at the root of many of our problems. We will begin to solve our problems only as we begin to recognize the intrinsic value of babies waiting to be born and those who are "useless" in the eyes of the world.
Thanks, Rush, for being a voice of common sense in our increasingly senseless world!