As part of Planned Parenthood and the left’s campaign of connecting pro life rhetoric to the recent shooting at a Colorado Springs planned parenthood clinic, Planned Parenthood Action retweeted this by Jessica Valenti:
“words matter. when we dehumanize people we make it easier for others to do them harm.” –
well its probably true. those who believe that it is ok to kill a baby for any reason at any time up to the very moment of birth are probably right. Robert Dear’s rampage last week at a Colorado Springs planned parenthood was at least partly the result of being under the influence of pro life rhetoric. Of course he very well could have simply looked at the facts, pictures and all, of what goes on in an abortion clinic. Its not ridiculous that such images would be enough to push an already unstable man over the edge. That doesn’t make it right of course.
Rhetoric does indeed have consequences. words matter. That being said, no one is out there in the prolife movement encouraging terrorist actions. so there is no smoking gun. Still, if someone is told often enough that butchers are chopping up babies and selling their parts, it might beg the question – what should we do about such an atrocity? it might make someone very very mad.
So, on behalf of those who believe its wrong to kill a baby days before it would normally be born, we are very sorry that Mr. Dear took the lives of people he had no right to take. He should be punished under the full extent of the law.
of course, now perhaps it is time for Planned Parenthood’s apology. or have you not heard of the baby found buried alive in Los Angeles a couple of days ago. or perhaps the famous case of Melissa Drexler who gave birth to a child, only to put him in the trash and return to her prom dance in 1997. Of course there is also the manifesto left by Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold of Columbine fame. There are many similar stories.
These stories should not surprise us. The rhetoric of pro abortion folks regularly reminds us that a woman should be able to do whatever she wants to with what is in her body. This logically applies to baby seconds after her first breath as much as seconds before. The rhetoric regularly preached in our schools telling kids that they are only animals. Our existence is only the result of random coincidences. There is absolutely no purpose or meaning in life except to reproduce. We teach our kids that If a doctor kills a child moments before birth he is a hero, but if the actual mother of the child kills the baby, she is a villain?
It is true, words have consequences. they influence people even unintentionally. repeated words even more so! even if they have no basis in science, logic or simple observation. The words of the mainstream yet militant secularists must surely create a culture where killing people/clumps of cells (which we all are anyway) is easy.
if anyone owes an apology for creating a culture of killing in this here United States it isn’t those who hold high the value of all life;, no matter how viable, disabled, young, old, strong, weak, rich or poor.
words matter. so does truth.
still, Lord forgive me for my words as well, as i break people down even in my own family, as i gossip about others, slander them without trial. forgive me for my contribution to a culture of death.
Words are powerful. But the words of men are ultimately so empty. So i am moved by another’s rhetoric, well more than just rhetoric. i am moved by the words of the One who rose again, even more, the one who died for all men including the leaders of planned parenthood, Robert Dear, you and me.
Unlike anyone else, His Words count. They have power. they are what they say they are. Jesus.
His Words condemn indeed my words and actions as well as those of Mr. Dear, Miss Drexler, and the pro abortion lobby. Yet the same Jesus speaks forgiveness not revenge, mercy not punishment, life not death! He says, “love your enemy” and He did. He says ‘take and drink this the cup of the new covenant shed for you for the forgiveness of your sins.’
May His rhetoric create in me a new heart, continue to mold me to be more like the person He says i am in holy baptism. May His Words have their way with us all as we look forward to a culture of Life that will be revealed on the last day.