Atrocious is too small a word
I’m no activist…I can’t claim any political label other than “person with thinking brain, feeling heart, and searing conscience” but it strikes me as significant that our culture chooses trivial things to rally around and ignores the true heinous acts that occur without eyes batting.
What gets your attention? What is it that raises YOUR ire?
Casey Anthony? A jury finds her not guilty and perhaps you disagree…But I doubt she’s going to be killing any other children or persons, I think we can rest easy on that count – and I will be resting knowing God himself will judge the just and the unjust.
Gay people marrying or not marrying? In my opinion a state or government of any kind has no business saying which adults can and cannot marry, no matter which gender they are. Marriage is a covenant before God, not a contract between two people, I don’t care what the state says. If God doesn’t recognize the marriage, who cares what your status is in the courts.
The economy rising and falling like the next great ride at you-name-it-big-time-theme-park? Do you care about that? I haven’t met a single person in my middle america-existence that hasn’t been effected by something economically themed in the past 5 years, myself and immediate family not excluded. It is hard not to be intensely focused on something that affects one so personally. Do I have a job? Can I provide for my family? Will we make the house/rent payment this month? All those questions are far too relevant.
How about Abortion? Some people find themselves unfazed by the idea. Although calling it an “idea” when it is in fact a reality of breathtaking proportions is itself a mistake of the largest kind. People find it simple to consider it an issue of “tissue”, “embryos”, “cells”, and even the remarkably impersonal term “fetus”….
I’ve held living, breathing, human beings in my arms of similar proportions and statistics. This is a child who could have been named. Could have seen a first birthday, with cupcakes and chocolate frosting. Could have played on a playground within 48 months of this photo. Could have, within a decade after that been blogging from her iPhone 25 or whatever is about at that time. The thought of a girl/woman considering herself (regardless of the circumstances that brought about this life) more important than this little girl’s life, is so shameful and horrifying to me, that words don’t even form in my mind to properly express my opinion.
Like I said, I’m not an activist…it’s not in my nature to stand up and be an eyesore or a nuisance or a joke that Jon Stewart can poke at like the next Fox News…But neither am I a coward. Nor a non-confrontationalist.
I don’t imagine this is a situation that will change within my lifetime. Or anyone’s. I don’t imagine my saying any of this will change anyone’s mind or make a dent in any decision a woman makes on the whole “I didn’t want to be pregnant, now what?!” question.
I don’t even imagine that the activism I’ve been witness to in my lifetime, (more significant than you’d imagine) made the difference we’d hoped it would.
I don’t care what the Anthony verdict was…I don’t care what the economy does in the next 5 years. We get riled up about journalists in Africa getting raped and killed, we get angered by civilian familys caught in the cross-hairs of middle eastern countries. How dare we not be angered by the exact facts about abortion?
On no level is it OK. On no level is it warrented. On no level will we NOT answer for this later.
We will answer for these atrocities on every level.