On December 14, 2012, another inexplicable act of violence against defenseless children occurred. News agencies across the nation reported President Obama’s emotional response to the slaughter of 26 people at the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut.
Speaking from the White House, President Obama, visibly emotional, stated, “The majority of those who died today were children. Beautiful little kids between the ages of 5 and 10 years old…they had their entire lives ahead of them, birthdays, graduation, weddings, kids of their own.”
Isn’t this already despicable act worsened when the victims are innocent, defenseless children? It seems that all people, regardless of religion, philosophy, theism or atheism, agree that such an act is morally wrong. President Obama affirmed this common judgment when he said, “I react not as a president but as anybody else would; as a parent…I know there’s not another parent in America who doesn’t feel the same overwhelming grief that I do.”
Though I agree with the President’s words, I wonder why he doesn’t experience the same sense of tragedy and loss resulting from a daily wholesale slaughter of children: abortion.
I pray our nation’s leaders and citizenry will realize that murdering any child is wrong. I also pray those who oppose my view will understand that my opposition to abortion doesn’t mean I hate women. Nor does it mean I disregard the rights of women or view them as “second-class citizens.” In fact, Christianity demands of me that I protect women and children and defend all person’s inalienable rights. It naturally follows that the slaughter of helpless, defenseless children, whether cornered in a grade-school class room or inescapably confined in a mother’s womb, is equally horrific, shameful, and wrong.
In no way am I comparing the Sandy Hook gunman to women who have chosen abortion nor doctors who perform them. I am stating that murdering children is wrong.
Referring to the victims of the shooting tragedy, President Obama said, “These children are our children.” I assume he meant the children killed were citizens of the United States of America, implying that the lives of such children should be defended and protected by our laws. I pray he and our citizen-government will learn to extend that same national right and legal protection to all our children, including those who yet reside in the womb awaiting their futures.
May we be moved by the loss of these innocents in Newtown, Connecticut, as well as the 4,000 daily in wombs across America, as this week marks 40 years since Roe v. Wade. But may we be not merely moved to emotion, but to action, to make the murder of all children illegal in this country.
- January 2013