22 January 2013
When Will Academics Take Up This Civil Rights Cause?
Today marks the 40th anniversary of the Supreme Court's Roe v. Wade decision. To mark this solemn day, I offer the following . . .
"Not only does this young generation of pro-life women shun the notion that abortion somehow liberates women; it views abortion as the civil-and human-rights cause of our day. Abortion is an injustice that permeates our society. Forty years after Roe v. Wade, we realize that a third of our peers are not here to share our progress and our hopes. It is our loss as well as theirs." ~ Excerpted from Time magazine's most recent issue. [All emphasis mine.]
Frankly, I don't believe they ever will. It doesn't fit their political agenda. While a number of academic bloggers, particularly those blogging about history and social issues, constantly moralize about American's original sin - slavery (even though slavery has been over with for 150 years and even it's bigoted aftermath is all but done), they are strangely quiet about the epic civil rights issue of our own day and the one right before our very eyes. As a matter of fact, many of these same folks embrace an ideology which celebrates the death of the unborn - almost to the point of considering it a sacrament. Am I the only one that sees the irony, the rank hypocrisy?
And they don't seem to have any concern that abortions are, proportionally, much more common in the black community - many of these babies being the descendants of slaves.
Where's the outrage over these who so often and rightfully cry out over civil rights abuses? Their silence is deafening. This is but one of the many reasons it is difficult for me to take many academics seriously. They pontificate about the evils of slavery as if it still exists in America, yet ignore the wanton destruction of life that occurs on a daily basis in the very communities in which they live.
Kay James, who I've had the pleasure of meeting, puts the issue this way:
"The right to life is the most fundamental of all civil rights. While the right to education, healthcare, housing, or employment are important, they pale in existence to the right to live, walk, and love among us. We must stop abortion to protect the right to life for preborn children.” ~ Kay James, Founder, Black Americans for Life
When will academia join the fight in defense of the very weakest among us? These people will argue ad nauseam about all the "rights" mentioned above, except one. Why? When will they embrace this civil right?
Don't hold your breath.
Fortunately, at least on this front of the culture war, it appears their ideology is losing this issue - big time. And for that, many unborn will one day be very grateful.
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