No this is not a rhetorical question. Of course it sounds absolutely ridiculous to even ask it, but we live in ridiculous times, and now such questions do not seem all that far-fetched to many people. Thus the question has to be asked, and some solid answers have to be given as well.
The short answer is this: no, we should not kill babies, and yes, we should actively seek to save babies. But a traveller from outer space landing on our planet, looking at some recent news headlines, would probably think just the opposite.
Increasingly we are being told that it is a good thing to kill babies, and a bad thing to seek to prevent babies from being killed. Consider three news items which have just appeared in the international media. They involve three different Western nations, and all have to do with the killing or saving of babies.
The first story comes out of the UK, and it is a real shocker – at least to anyone who still has a shred of conscience left. It seems that an agony aunt (OK, I had to look that one up – evidently it is an advice columnist) has suggested on live television that the best thing any mother can do to a suffering baby is put a pillow over his or her head and kill the child.
The looks on the faces of the host and the other panellist tells it all (see the video clip, linked below). This advice giver even said that all mothers would do the same! And this is the 21st century, in what was until recently regarded as Great Britain! It doesn’t seem that great any more.
If this is the sort of advice now being given out on prime time television, then we are in very bad shape indeed. Indeed, this same expert said that abortion “can be a moral and unselfish act… Sometimes the decision of a good mother is not to have the child.”
Talk about calling good evil and evil good. Vices have now become virtues, while virtues have become vices. The prophet Isaiah warned about this two and a half millennia ago (Isaiah 5:20). Obviously his warnings have fallen on deaf ears, at least in modern, secular Western culture.
But the tragedy does not end here. In other parts of the Western world those concerned about the slaughter of the innocents – whether unborn or newborn – are now being viewed as aggressors, trouble-makers, and even criminals. Consider two more recent news items.
In Canada five students were arrested for a grievous crime – showing the product of abortion. Here is how one news item describes it: “Four pro-life students at the Carleton University and one from Queen’s University were arrested this morning by Ottawa city police as they prepared to conduct a peaceful pro-life demonstration on Carleton’s campus.
“The students were arrested around 9:00 a.m. as they were preparing to set up signs in the university’s Tory Quad, a central outdoor location, for the Genocide Awareness Project, which compares abortion to past atrocities through graphic imagery.”
It is now a crime it seems to let people know what actually takes place in an abortion. Of course the act of abortion itself is perfectly legal. That makes about as much sense as saying that to show pictures of the Holocaust should be illegal, while the Final Solution itself should be fully legal.
This is simply about shooting the messenger in other words. Pro-abortionists do not want to be faced with the reality of their destructive choices – and they don’t want others to know the truth about it all as well. The dirty little trade secrets of the abortion killing fields are just not meant to get out into the public arena.
After all, if people actually knew what took place in our abortion mills, there might be a mass movement against it. Just as Wilberforce and other abolitionists had to let the public know what really occurred in the slave trade before real change could be affected, so too in the abortion wars.
But Canada is not alone in this crackdown on freedom of information and freedom of speech. In California similar moves are under foot. Consider this headline: “Police Detain Young California Activists for Pro-Life Witness on Public Sidewalk”. Here is how the story has been reported:
“Members of the Survivors’ Campus Life Team were detained for holding graphic images and advocating the pro-life message on public sidewalks in front of Nipomo High School on Monday, September 27, 2010. The activists were offering literature to students as they left the school when they were approached by campus administrators and guards shortly after school dismissal and instructed to leave the area or face arrest.”
Same story all over again. Abortion is just fine, but trying to tell others about what it actually entails is not. Killing babies is legal and perfectly understandable, but seeking to slow down the slaughter is illegal and the act of crazed loons. This is a massive case of moral inversion.
When we get to the place where killing babies is regarded as virtuous, and attempting to save them as seen as a vice – even an illegal one – then we have well and truly lost our moral compass. Indeed, we have clearly descended into barbarism, and perhaps terminally so.