LOS ANGELES, August 5, 2014 − The hills of the Sierra Nevada Mountain ranges are covered with beautiful lion-colored grasses and a sprinkling of different varieties of Oaks. As you enter into the town there is an ever increasing amount of Yellow Star Thistle. Star Thistle renders a pasture unusable for horses because if they eat it, it is said to make them a little loco in the head. You can’t walk through it because the thorns tear at your legs. If you mow it down, it seems to accelerate its spread.
Like the horses eating the Star Thistle, eating the liberal ideology of abortion can make a society a little loco in the head.
Some weeks ago in a 5-4 decision, the Supreme Court correctly ruled that employers with religious objections cannot be forced to provide abortion-inducing drugs and devices to their employees under Obama Care. A loud wailing and gnashing of teeth was heard from those that want what they want, abortion on demand at any time and at government expense and damn the logic of it all.
Interestingly, abortion has actually been around for a very long time. Over two thousand years ago in ancient Rome abortion was commonplace, according to the author Carl J. Sommer, who wrote “We look for a Kingdom, The everyday lives of the early Christians.”
Some of the ancient reasons behind the practice were to conceal the consequences of adultery, to maintain feminine beauty, and similar reasons. Of the children that were born and unwanted due to illicit or unintended liaisons, there was a place at the edge of each city where it was accepted that children could be abandoned. Of those infants and children that survived, some were picked up by slave traders and raised and sold as slaves.
But here is where it gets interesting.
Christians not wanting to participate in the mass idea of acceptable child abuse were welcome to take the children and raise them as healthy human beings. This tiny act of humanity was the beginnings of moving the world from being uncivilized to to becoming civilized, from Paganism, where life was cheap, to a Christian world where life was valuable.
It was the beginning of a time when humans began to unite against the spread of a poisonous idea.
Fast forward several centuries to a new country called America. The poisonous idea of slavery continued an unbroken chain dating back centuries that still had a strangle-hold on people’s minds. In the year 1857, in the Dred Scott decision, the U.S Supreme Court ruled that Africans could not be Americans because they were brought to the country as property regardless if they had become free in some state after the fact.
Now, if you were wearing a robe, were a pre-Civil War Democrat, or simply twisted this idea around in numerous ways, and if you still clung to the Roman notion that personhood only exists when it’s convenient for you, this could make sense.
Justice Antoine Scalia has attempted like others to stop the spread of the poisonous idea that “a person’s life only has value when it suits those in the position of power.” He, like others, has made the connection between Roe v Wade and slavery, both ideas being predicated on similar attitude towards the cheapening of life.
Democrats today scream at such an outrageous connection simply because they want legal abortion to continue. In their eyes, Hobby Lobby can hold onto their quaint Christian notion of saving unborn children as long as they pay to have them killed. Where’s the logic in this?
If you’re not familiar with the Star Thistle, it’s a grey-green weed with little yellow flowers and very sharp thorns jutting out from each bloom. Residents stuck with the Star Thistle are left with three choices: One, ignore it and maybe next year another weed will choke it out, or the government will take care of it. Two, retreat from it, scootch your lawn furniture and children’s outdoor play equipment closer and closer towards the house. Three, be radical and try to yank it out, by the root, weed by weed, and burn it.
The task is monumental, but each day that we pull ourselves up, and go out in the hot sun we are rewarded when the lush green is finally exposed underneath. The effort makes a difference, at least in our corner of the world.
Currently there is push back from the pro-abortion group regarding the Supreme Court ruling in the Hobby Lobby case. The weeds of irrational dogma are never really eliminated, it seems. They find a way to creep back in. This obligates us to continue to uproot these weeds wherever we find them.
I don’t think many appreciate what lengths brave people have gone to in order to yank this poisonous idea out by the root and reveal the lush green of a civilized world. Some days it seems the weeds are winning but we must still persist in removing these real Star Thistles from the thicket of humanity.
Not many people know who Norma McCorvey is. But she was the original plaintiff in Roe v. Wade who changed her mind about abortion and who now realizes that she was used to propagate the spread of a poisonous idea.
In 2005 she read a prepared a statement before the Senate Judiciary Committee on the legacy of Roe v. Wade. “When slavery was constitutional,” she insisted, “we treated one class of humans as property. We are treating the humans in the mother’s womb as property as and less than human when we say it is OK to kill them.”
In 2005 George W. Bush signed into law, the ‘Unborn Victims of Violence Act’ after Scott Peterson was convicted of killing his wife and unborn son. Why was Peterson charged for two murders? Because the child was wanted by his wife, Laci.