Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Pro-life, just not for the already-living

Artist's sketch of the "Wailing Wall"
and 60 crosses.
An evangelical Christian group called Word of Life Church is undertaking a project, led by extremist pastor Mark Holick, to build a multi-million dollar “National Pro-Life Memorial and International Life Center” in Wichita, Kansas.

This memorial, which celebrates the murder of Dr. George Tiller by domestic terrorists in 2009, will bastardize the image of the Western Wall in Jerusalem to serve the twisted religious agenda of its creators.

A press release issued by Holick states:

Among other things, the Memorial will consist of the National Pro Life Monument entitled "Not Forgotten." An exact replica of the Wailing Wall in Jerusalem, and memorial gardens are included as a place of healing for women and families. Additionally, sixty crosses will be strategically placed on the grounds to memorialize the sixty million babies aborted since Roe v. Wade.

Though Jewish halacha (law) is open to interpretation, there are cases where abortion is sanctioned or even required. When the life of a fetus/embryo is in direct conflict with the life of an already-born person, the autonomous person’s (the mother’s) life takes precedence. Co-opting the Western Wall – a symbol of the defense of the Jewish religion and state – for a pro-life “monument” is a gross misappropriation of a religious artifact and an affront to Judaism as a whole.

While these vicious heretics are convoluting the very meaning of religion, and comparing a legal medical procedure to the Holocaust - all in the name of “preserving, promoting and protecting the unborn,” mind you – Governor Brownback signed into law a new tax bill that raises taxes on the poorest 20 percent of Kansas residents,  and saw his state drop to 40th in the country for infant mortality rates.

If that’s not gut-churning irony, I don’t know what is.

Holick was quoted on KWCH12 in Wichita as saying "We need a place to come and properly grieve and memorialize the children that we've lost to abortion." What about the real, living children who are lost to inadequate health care, disease and starvation? What about the thousands of children who could be housed, clothed, fed and educated with the millions of dollars being wasted on this assinine “memorial”? What about the women who will suffer or die trying to obtain an unregulated/unsafe abortion?

If this monument is built as planned, it will be a slap in the face of not only rational and religious people of all faiths, but also the living children who are suffering so that these hypocrites can cling to their perverse notions of morality.