Imagine, if you will,
a parallel universe not unlike our own but noticeably different, or --- better
yet --- maybe even our own world several decades or even a century hence.
In this hypothetical realm, the fundamental liberties of an entire class
of individuals are systematically violated since these people do not measure
up to the criteria delineating what constitutes a human being by either possessing
undesirable features or unacceptable origins. A number of conscientious
citizens, realizing that all men are created equal with certain inalienable
rights such as life and liberty, regardless of arbitrary characteristics
without reference to individual innocence, use peaceable tactics of speech
and assembly to persuade their countrymen as to the moral impropriety of
the position enshrined as official policy.
Normally, such courageous voices are heralded as heroes --- be they the Abolitionists
of early American History crusading against slavery or the X-Men of Marvel
comics confronting anti-mutant animus. However, when such a principled
stance is taken in our own day in the real world, it is not uncommon for
those who congratulate themselves the most as to their sensitivity, tolerance,
and broadmindedness to rank among the loudest in enunciating contempt for
their contemporaries who embrace a competing but more traditional conception
At the University of Maryland, the campus chapter of Students for Life, in
conjunction with the Center for Bioethical Reform, put on exhibit a display
entitled “The Genocide Awareness Project,” depicting man’s inhumanity to
man. This photo montage drew parallels between various atrocities such
as the Holocaust, the lynching of innocent Blacks, and the contemporary practice
of abortion since each was the result of denying the basic humanity of those
losing their lives in these ghastly manners.
On the campus of the modern secular university where you will find victiologists
who can think of no cheerier way to spend a day than to mope about lamenting
assorted woes and slights (both real, imagined, and exaggerated), one would
think another chance to commiserate human suffering would be looked forward
to and applauded. However, even those enjoying pity parties the most
aren’t up to the festivities when it is their own ideological compatriots
who bear the responsibility for unleashing the horror and bloodshed of abortion
upon the world in which we live.
When confronted with the concrete reality of abortion (that being dismembered
and dissolved babies rather than whimsical platitudes reverencing choice,
dignity, and other manipulative sociological blather glamorizing this crime),
counter-demonstrators told the campus paper, the Diamondback, “Decisions
should not be based on propaganda. This just enraged me so much
that they’re comparing a woman’s right to choose to the Holocaust and lynchings...Decisions
should not be based on propaganda.”
Such leftist sensibilities were echoed in a letter to the Diamondback by
the presidents of the Black and Jewish student unions. These budding
malcontents indignantly proclaimed, “The use of graphic photos depicting
black lynching victims and victims of the Holocaust was a cheap piece of
propaganda.” They went on to accuse the Genocide Awareness Project
of insulting history and exploiting tragedy to score political points.
Haven’t assorted multiculturalist rackets turned this into an art form; ever
heard of Black History Month or the reparations scam? The hypersensitive
opposed to this exhibit exposing the horrors of abortion beyond a shadow
of a doubt repeatedly speak of a reverence for history but just as often
ignore the facts and truths established by this hallowed field of study.
According to contemporary academic racialists, mass murder is only
a moral outrage when it is targeted towards a specified ethnic group.
Things aren’t quite as bad if you’re an equal opportunity killer. At
least that way, you can’t be accused of bias, which might be the greater
transgression in the minds of the politically correct.
However, had these rabble rousers actually taken the time to study history
instead of bashing the rest of us over the head with it, they might be shocked
to learn that those who snuff out innocent human life in the seemingly more
antiseptic venue of the “reproductive clinic” wiggled out from the same moral
cesspool as those who loaded Jews into boxcars and Africans onto slave ships.
Much of world abortion movement draws its impetus from Planned Parenthood.
This organization was, in turn, inspired by Margaret Sanger.
According to Evangelical researcher Randy Alcorn in Pro-Life Answers To Pro-Choice Arguments,
this woman propagated a philosophy of eugenics, the idea that individuals
of certain racial backgrounds, handicaps, or mental deficiencies should be
forbidden from or manipulated into not reproducing for the genetic betterment
of mankind. In pursuit of this dystopian vision, Sanger’s sympathies
were startlingly Nazi-like in their animus towards Gypsies, Jews, and even
Christians; and her so-called “Negro Project” was specifically designed to
promulgate contraception and abortion in Black communities.
Multiculturalists would like nothing more than to elevate their own favorite
tragedies by laying proprietary claim to the ephemeral boogeyman of hate.
According to these activists, since these atrocities are motivated by “pure
hate” --- as opposed to a diluted off-the-shelf variety --- killing
an even greater number of innocents for more mercenary reasons isn’t quite
But when you come down to it, what exactly makes “hate” hate? At its
core, hate boils down to a disregard for others and the elevation of the
self beyond the limitations of propriety and decorum.
Hate, therefore, transcends merely disliking someone for being someone.
The carjacker or homeinvader gunning down his victim is no more a humanitarian
than the SS guard tossing the Zyklon B into the gas chamber. Likewise, the
motives of those casting their lots with homicidal totalitarian movements
were as “complex” as those seeking abortions the presidents of the Black
and Jewish student unions endeavor to excuse in their misguided epistle.
Some Nazis were as motivated by a lust for power as any blatant ethnic animosity.
Slave traders were as motivated by greed as their contempt for the African
people. In both cases, many involved simply embodied the same detached
bureaucratic mentality displayed by abortion clinic administrators and personnel
summarized by Hannah Arendt’s phrase “The Banality of Evil.”
Why, then, change our tunes when a gaggle of whiny Feminists take center
stage? Even though they aren’t known for an eloquence on par with Anne
Frank or Frederick Douglas, who are we to say aborted babies don’t feel as
much pain in their brief and brutally interrupted lives? The
Genocide Awareness Project is to be commended for focusing attention on this
neglected historical tragedy many so-called “scholars” would prefer to sweep
beneath the academic carpet.
Meekins is pursuing an MA in Apologetics / Philosophy through the distance
education program of Trinity Theological Seminary, Newburgh, Indiana. His
website is American Worldview.