Monday, September 22, 2008

The Culture of Life Vs The Culture of Death...

...and it doesn't get any polarizing and starkly different than this:

Here is a man who espouses all the so-called 'virtues' of what is the culture of death...that it is immoral to bring a down syndrome child into this world. This man believes that this child should be destroyed while still clinging to it's mother, in her womb. Heaven help us.

Only weeks beforehand, on the feast of Our Lady's birthday, this man, after a whole lifetime of giving, of loving, of sacrificing for those he loved and for those who came into his life, he makes the ultimate sacrifice in giving his life for his beloved, youngest child...a young man with down syndrome.

Tell me, tell me, which of these two examples, move the heart to tears as only love can?

I believe Pope John Paul II told us why in Evangelium Vitae:

"The Church knows that this Gospel of life, which she has received from her Lord, has a profound and persuasive echo in the heart of every person-believer and non-believer alike-because it marvellously fulfils all the heart's expectations while infinitely surpassing them. Even in the midst of difficulties and uncertainties, every person sincerely open to truth and goodness can, by the light of reason and the hidden action of grace, come to recognize in the natural law written in the heart (cf. Rom 2:14-15) the sacred value of human life from its very beginning until its end, and can affirm the right of every human being to have this primary good respected to the highest degree. Upon the recognition of this right, every human community and the political community itself are founded."

And tell me, which convicts the mind and will, that speaks to our common sense?

Dale Ahlquist talks of one such Apostle of Common Sense (G. K. Chesterton) when quoting from Chesterton's, "Eugenics and Other Evils", and they crystallize what we all know deep down:

"As with so many other things, Chesterton saw exactly what we see. Only he saw it long before it happened. The very title "Eugenics and Other Evils" obviously implies that eugenics is an evil, and one connected to other evils. When Chesterton attacks something that is evil, his attack is always wrapped around a defense of what is good. He is concerned that we have lost sight of what is good. We have even lost sight of what is normal. We have lost our common sense.

What is normal is this: a man and a woman fall in love, get married, and have a family. For thousands of years, men and women have been able to figure this normal thing out for themselves. This basic human freedom was part of the common experience.

The early proponents of eugenics defied this common sense by saying that men and women should not marry for love but, rather, for good breeding. They said people should not risk having children who might be handicapped or ill or weak. In other words, says Chesterton, they should not risk having children who turn out to be John Keats or Robert Louis Stevenson.

In a chilling prophecy of the abortion mentality, Chesterton says that the eugenicists have an attitude toward the unborn child that was in every other age unthinkable: "They seek his life to take it away." They have precisely the wrong idea of the purpose of medicine:

"We call in the doctor to save us from death; and, death being admittedly an evil, he has the right to administer the...most recondite pill which he may think is a cure for all such menaces of death. He has not the right to administer death as the cure for all human ills."

The normal person has always known that preventing the birth of a baby is a highly unnatural act, no matter how it is done. But it is made to sound harmless and even sensible when it is called "eugenic" or when it is called birth control or when it is called reproductive freedom. But anyone who cannot see the real evil behind such terms is what Chesterton calls a "splendid dupe".

"Evil always takes advantage of ambiguity....Evil always wins through the strength of splendid dupes; and there has in all ages been a disastrous alliance between abnormal innocence and abnormal sin."

The only way to explain what happened in Nazi Germany is that evil won through the strength of its splendid dupes: too many people thought they were doing a good thing because they believed a lie. A lie that sounded good because it was called patriotic and was supported by the scientific officialism of the regime. It is also the only way to explain what has happened in this country for the last three decades. Millions of people have believed an incredibly evil lie. A lie that sounds good because it is called "choice". A lie that sounds even better when it has scientific officialism behind it."

Dale Ahlquist finishes quoting Chesterton on eugenics with this:

"The point about eugenics and the other evils that sprang from it is that they propose to eliminate poverty simply by eliminating people. Chesterton's solution is not as simple, but it is the right one. The way to eliminate poor people is to eliminate their poverty, so that they are not poor anymore, but are still people. They deserve enough property and capital and liberty so that they can keep their families and their dignity. They are the image of God, and they must not be broken."

So what triggered the appalling rant from the man who supports the culture of death?

Sarah Palin.

Sarah Palin who is John McCain's running mate in the States...a mother of five, whose youngest, Trig, only 4 months old who is down syndrome and who Sarah has referred to as "absolutely perfect".

It irks this man that Sarah found out in her pregnancy that Trig was down syndrome and did nothing about it.

This same woman who is rattling the liberals in the US from one coast to the other, who could be the biggest threat to this culture of death in the future...why? Because she not only talks the talk..she walks the walk..her own life is a testimony to that.

Thank God there are still millions who ARE a testimony to life and love, like Thomas Vander Woude and Sarah Palin.

I also have this to say: It will be this same life-giving love that will spread the truth of, and a passion for the culture of life in the great country of America, because those who espouse the culture of death, walk the walk too..into the valley of death and leave no human legacy behind them, or if they do, probably unlikely to leave them with fruitful, lasting generations.

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