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Civil rights, selfishness and Roe v. Wade today.

Monday, January 23, 2006
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Praised be Jesus Christ!! Now and Forever!!

Here we are on the 33rd anniversary of the travesty of justice known as Roe V. Wade. I am going to step out on a limb a bit. For the purpose of this posting I will not address infant viability/ health, rape/ incest or health problems for the woman. I will say that according to the facts reported by Planned Parenthood and the US Centers of Disease Control that those cases account for approximately 7% (seven percent) of causes reported for abortion. Even if these facts were off by 50% which would give a total percentage of 10.5% it would still leave the huge percentage of children killed by abortions due to "other factors" at 89.5%. You don't have to believe me go to
the link provided and they give all the proper documentation sources.

So, for the purpose of this posting only my question is maybe a odd one but cuts to the core. If the reasons for
abortion are as Planned Parenthood would like people to believe one of reproductive rights then why not exercise the "right" prior to sexual relations and not after when a innocent life is taken? Why not just abstain and exercise the "right" for reproductive control. Why not use self control then rather than afterward and put into play the decision to kill an innocent child because either parent can not exercise self control. Furthermore if a mistake in judgment is made then why perpetuate the problem by killing the child. Countless couples want children through adoption and would love the opportunity to raise a child.

It comes down to selfishness- this is in application to the cases within the parameters I outlined above. Selfishness in sexual relations by wanting to do anything and not pay. Selfishness in thinking that when one makes a mistake in judgment that they can just start afresh- yet there is no fresh start for the child that is killed.
It is also consumerism gone astray. Sex is a tool, people are mere objects and have no dignity and children and life itself is disposable like yesterdays garbage. We see the same thing in massive consumer debt- which I myself have been guilty of contributing to in the past. We want what we want today and we do not want to pay for it later.

Whether the Justices realized it then or not it is also a big problem with society. The number of unplanned pregnancies tend to occur with those in mid to lower socio-economic classes. The logic is that those new children create a burden on society through aid programs and so if one eliminates the future potential burden then society is the better. So it would seem to the twisted logic. What happened in the Nazi death camps or in Communist countries under Stalin and others. The unwanted and potentially burdensome (which is a lie) of society are eliminated for the good of the few that have.

Those with power and prestige trample on the basic rights of the weakest in a society.
What I find so ironic is that many if not most pro abortion supporters tend to give the illusion of being for civil rights. Many are active in other areas of social justice for the rights of marginalized peoples yet they deny those same basic freedoms to those who have no voice and whose rights are trampled upon by the majority. It makes me question the true calling of their civil right activities for it seems very selective to me. Basic civil rights have to be given to the entire populous not just a few with power, money, resources, votes, popularity in the media, or a certain race or class. It is a very selective and selfish civil rights policy indeed.

The final question I raise which I have heard is that "why should rights be extended to a (their words not mine) bunch of cells". If one applies the same logic and takes away the dignity of the person and the soul then are not we just a larger grouping of cells? The logic is ludicrous at best. If we determine the rights or the value of a person's life then we must extend the same basic rights to all persons not just a few who have the voice- right now. For if we choose who is and is not a person today using a skewed and selfish view point then later when each of us are vulnerable do to health or socio-economic reasons then others can apply the same irrational logic to us. What then prevents a future society from deeming us to be a unworthy group of cells that does not have the right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. Did not we wage a terrible civil war for that? Did not past generations spill their blood to liberate peoples from the same evil in World War II? Do we not become justifiably angry when we hear of genocide in other places? Then why do we not we raise our voices and cry out for the genocide that takes place daily here? Selfishness, vanity, consumerism and thinking the shoe will never be on the other foot. It is a denial of reality. It is murder of the helpless to meet selfish desires.

Yet millions of innocent voices cry out daily.."I am a human being. I matter. Please save me and let me live." It sounds painfully like the cries heard from humanity oppressed and dehumanized in genocide and slavery. It is the cry we must listen to. The silence is the silence of death taking another victim. Are we any more civilized today than when millions of innocent peoples were slaughtered in the death camps...I think not. The numbers have grown the innocent victims of our choices lay silent in the garbage dumps of the world. We should be ashamed for this travesty! We bear like other civilizations the blood of the innocent upon us all.


I am not the smartest person around but I know what is true civil rights and what is not. I know selfishness and evil when I see it at this in-justice is both. It is not the right to choose but rather murder of the innocent and the feeble and those without a voice in order to do what we want and not face reality. The fact is today there are less true civil rights than when Dr. King was around and that is so tragic. Selfishness abounds then as it does today and even more so today. That is reality.

I pray that God will have more
Mercy on those who deny freedoms to others than they show. I pray for a reality check for the world that we can face what we want for ourselves but deny to others. I pray tonight for a Divine wake up call. Lord God hear my prayer. Lord God hear the cry of your children who are being slaughtered by the greed and self interests of those with the power to choose. Lord God be Merciful to us all. Amen.
Omnia Pro Iesu Per Mariam!!
Ed





"Envy and anger have the upper hand over the Lord's warning, and so Cain attacks his own brother and kills him. As we read in the Catechism of the Catholic Church: "In the account of Abel's murder by his brother Cain, Scripture reveals the presence of anger and envy in man, consequences of original sin, from the beginning of human history. Man has become the enemy of his fellow man". Brother kills brother. Like the first fratricide, every murder is a violation of the "spiritual" kinship uniting mankind in one great family, in which all share the same fundamental good: equal personal dignity. Not infrequently the kinship "of flesh and blood" is also violated; for example when threats to life arise within the relationship between parents and children, such as happens in abortion or when, in the wider context of family or kinship, euthanasia is encouraged or practised. At the root of every act of violence against one's neighbour there is a concession to the "thinking" of the evil one, the one who "was a murderer from the beginning" (Jn 8:44). As the Apostle John reminds us: "For this is the message which you have heard from the beginning, that we should love one another, and not be like Cain who was of the evil one and murdered his brother" (1 Jn 3:11-12). Cain's killing of his brother at the very dawn of history is thus a sad witness of how evil spreads with amazing speed: man's revolt against God in the earthly paradise is followed by the deadly combat of man against man. After the crime, God intervenes to avenge the one killed. Before God, who asks him about the fate of Abel, Cain, instead of showing remorse and apologizing, arrogantly eludes the question: "I do not know; am I my brother's keeper?" (Gen 4:9). "I do not know": Cain tries to cover up his crime with a lie. This was and still is the case, when all kinds of ideologies try to justify and disguise the most atrocious crimes against human beings. "Am I my brother's keeper?": Cain does not wish to think about his brother and refuses to accept the responsibility which every person has towards others. We cannot but think of today's tendency for people to refuse to accept responsibility for their brothers and sisters. Symptoms of this trend include the lack of solidarity towards society's weakest members-such as the elderly, the infirm, immigrants, children- and the indifference frequently found in relations between the world's peoples even when basic values such as survival, freedom and peace are involved. But God cannot leave the crime unpunished: from the ground on which it has been spilt, the blood of the one murdered demands that God should render justice (cf. Gen 37:26; Is 26:21; Ez 24:7-8). From this text the Church has taken the name of the "sins which cry to God for justice", and, first among them, she has included wilful murder. For the Jewish people, as for many peoples of antiquity, blood is the source of life. Indeed "the blood is the life" (Dt 12:23), and life, especially human life, belongs only to God: for this reason whoever attacks human life, in some way attacks God himself. Cain is cursed by God and also by the earth, which will deny him its fruit (cf. Gen 4:11-12). He is punished: he will live in the wilderness and the desert. Murderous violence profoundly changes man's environment. From being the "garden of Eden" (Gen 2:15), a place of plenty, of harmonious interpersonal relationships and of friendship with God, the earth becomes "the land of Nod" (Gen 4:16), a place of scarcity, loneliness and separation from God. Cain will be "a fugitive and a wanderer on the earth" (Gen 4:14): uncertainty and restlessness will follow him forever. And yet God, who is always merciful even when he punishes, "put a mark on Cain, lest any who came upon him should kill him" (Gen 4:15). He thus gave him a distinctive sign, not to condemn him to the hatred of others, but to protect and defend him from those wishing to kill him, even out of a desire to avenge Abel's death. Not even a murderer loses his personal dignity, and God himself pledges to guarantee this. And it is pre- cisely here that the paradoxical mystery of the merciful justice of God is shown forth. As Saint Ambrose writes: "Once the crime is admitted at the very inception of this sinful act of parricide, then the divine law of God's mercy should be immediately extended. If punishment is forthwith inflicted on the accused, then men in the exercise of justice would in no way observe patience and moderation, but would straightaway condemn the defendant to punishment. ... God drove Cain out of his presence and sent him into exile far away from his native land, so that he passed from a life of human kindness to one which was more akin to the rude existence of a wild beast. God, who preferred the correction rather than the death of a sinner, did not desire that a homicide be punished by the exaction of another act of homicide"." + Pope John Paul II, Evangelium Vitae
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