The phone vibrated in my pocket while I was eating dinner.
It was the mother of someone I have known for almost 30 years.
"She is being rushed to the hospital."
I closed the phone and returned to the table slowly.
I tried to finish my dinner and I did my best to continue chatting.
But there was no pleasure in it.
Later, much later, I got another call.
This time it was from the daughter.
"I had to deliver the baby. . . .
It was dead."
She had a miscarriage.
"Oh baby", I said, "are you out of danger"?
"Yes, but they won't take the unborn dead child out of the room."
"They won't take the unborn child out of the room until I name it.
And they say I have to tell them where
and how the young 6 month old fetus will be buried."
This woman has just suffered the loss of her unborn baby,
and she is being asked, no coerced, into making decisions only
hours after a significant emotional loss and physical trauma.
All I heard yesterday was talk about abortion.
Will the new SCOTUS designee support or oppose it?
Since she is a member of a middle of the road, tongue talking,
full gospel, faith healing, snake biting Christian Cult,
of course she is against killing unborn babies,
Whether they would ever be born are not.
Now, I can talk about Christians because I am one.
I have even been a Trustee in a fine Baptist Church.
I used to play golf with the preacher.
Often I would give him good ideas for his sermons.
One time, he asked me to read the scripture for the Sunday service.
I read the last chapter and half of the Sermon on the Mount,
Including Chapter 7 verses, 22-24.
He never made that mistake again.
So, let me try to handle this delicately then.
I think the abortion or for that matter the miscarriage of an
is a sad, substantial, and tragic loss of human love,
and human hope.
The loss of any life, either the unborn child, or any other death,
is often a major emotional hurdle in the life of those who suffered the loss.
We grieve these losses.
But is it morally healthy for an entire nation, its media, its politicians,
and its religious politicians to elevate the loss of these unborn children,
be they a clump of DNA or a 6 month developed fetus,
to such a point that the national dialogue becomes fixed on the issue?
Is it morally healthy and wise to ignore the grotesque murders
of tens of thousands of born and walking, talking children and adults,
who just happen to be at the killing end of our bombs and bullets?
Is it morally healthy to debate abortion and ignore infantcide in Africa?
Is it socially healthy to allow the abortion debate to divide us
so that we neither have the energy or the time to debate and solve
the really great issues and global forcing agents that are upon us today?
I think not.
As morally reprehensible as the elected loss of the unborn may be,
It does not stand up well against our other communal social crimes.
The abortion issue is a giant political sponge that sucks up and diverts
our National Attention.
And it is no accident either.
The abortion issue is the perfect emotional smoke screen.
It overcomes us with its emotional power and sexual force.
It hides the crime in the suites and it blinds us to the streets.
It is a moral paint job that gives cover to the misery and butchery.
It is a magical salve, an elixer of moral superiority.
It is a colossal political red herring.
We would do well do bury it along with our other dead.
The young fetus that had to be named was named Angel.
His ashes are now in a little box.
We will spread them someday back to the dust of the earth,
or maybe the sea.
He would have been my grandson.
But he was never born.
Those who would use that loss for political purpose. . .
They must be zombies.
A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit,
neither can a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit.
Every tree that bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire.
Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them.
Not everyone that saith unto me, Lord, Lord,
shall enter into the kingdom of heaven;
but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven.
Many will say to me in that day, Lord Lord,
have we not prophesied in thy name?
And in thy name have cast out devils?
And in thy name done many wonderful works?
And then will I profess unto them,
I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.”
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*Gustaf Klimpt, Death and Life