Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Sanctity of Life vs. Pagan Politics

In our day, sanctity-of-life issues are foundational - not because of anyone's "religious" views about abortion, although these are important; but because the act of dehumanizing and killing the unborn child attacks human dignity in a uniquely grave way. Deliberately killing the innocent is always, inexcusably wrong. It sets a pattern of contempt for every other aspect of human dignity. In redefining when human life begins and what is and isn't a human person, the logic behind permissive abortion makes all human rights politically contingent.
- Archbishop Charles Chaput, Render Unto Caesar [207]
From a mimetic theory point of view, seeking the chief executive office of the land while calling oneself in Orwellian doublespeak a "Christian" and consistently voting against the most innocent, voiceless victims of the abortuaries of the land can mean only one thing: one wants the power that "makes all human rights politically contingent."

Of course, one will do so as proponents of the primitive sacred always do today, by claiming to stand up for "change" and for the victims of intolerance. But, as Archbishop Chaput continues:
Today's Herodians are better dressed, better fed, better educated, and usually have better public relations counsel, but their message really hasn't changed much. In their mistreatment of the innocent - beginning with the unborn child - they tell us they must deal in the politics of realism; that this is the way of the world. And in a sense, they're right. But the task of the Christian is to change that. [206]

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