NOV 2014 – Giving Thanks

GIVING THANKS ON THANKSGIVING

I feel bad for the ‘celebration of harvest’ that dates all the way back to 1621 Plymouth, Massachusetts. Nestled between Halloween and Christmas, it seems to get little fanfare for all the right reasons.

Most of us have fond memories of family gatherings and grand banquets, and childhood memories of ‘A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving,’ originally aired on CBS on November 20, 1973.

Personally, nothing says ‘Thanksgiving’ like ‘turkey,’ ‘pumpkin pie,’ and gathering around a spread of food with family. It’s the last holiday stop on our way to the merriest season of all.

Sadly this this beloved holiday has been hijacked by the retail industry in order to serve as a vehicle to kick off the biggest shopping occasion of the year. ‘Black Friday’ is now more synonymous with Thanksgiving than ‘Pilgrims.’ And if family or friends work in retail, you might have to count them out.

Would it really make that much difference in the grand scheme of things if stores closed until Friday morning? This unwelcome intrusion grows more contemptible with each passing year as ‘Early Black Friday’ arrives earlier and earlier. Perhaps next year they can start right after Independence Day.

Aside from the madness, and in the spirit of Thanksgiving I would like to give thanks for a few things. For starters, my children.

I have gazed (on numerous occasions) at the mass of toys strewn about the living room throw rug and felt a certain joy in that this clutter is indicative of the ‘presence of children.’ They can amazingly occupy and lay waste to an area of the house in no time flat.

But at least they have the opportunity to do so…

Sadly even the idea of child bearing has been sullied by the abortion industry who reminds us that we can opt out of parental obligations, and who alone is responsible for more than 56 MILLION dead children under the guise of ‘choice,’ since 1968. Not even every war since the dawn of time can boast a higher totality of human destruction.

Maybe I’m just too squeamish to see things clearlyan idea put forth in a Time book review of ‘Pro: Reclaiming Abortion Rights.’ Perhaps we’re just too unnerved by the issue to see past our baseless opposition to abortion.

(We’re also too dumb to know what’s good for us, thus the ‘lack of transparency necessary to pass The Affordable Healthcare Act,’ according to Jonathan Gruber, the controversial MIT professor and ObamaCare architect caught on video multiple times calling the American people stupid.)

I admit that abortion does make me squeamish. Frankly, it’s my long-standing belief that most people who support abortion rarely, if ever, view the bloody aftermath images of mutilated, dismembered, dissected, crushed, burned and discarded viable human fetuses – some lying in medical waste bins like refuse. Such realities by their very nature and can never be made attractive. Assisting with an abortion, especially partial birth abortion, may help to gain some perspective.

But what if it were done out of love..?

The review suggests that abortion can be a selfless, ‘act of love’ toward the family unit, or the benefit the existing children. I can’t imagine destroying our second child so that we could put enough college money aside for our first born. I trust the author will present examples of this ‘selfless act of love and personal sacrifice’ that justify the act of sheer brutality against a viable, human fetus. Those abortion photos look pretty darn brutal to me.

This mentality echoes the idea of ‘mercy killings’ (a.k.a. ‘Death With Dignity’), assisted suicide and euthanasia. These things all have in common the idea of using death as a solution to life’s problems.

Aside from the sheer insanity of willfully sacrificing some for the sake of others, how often does anything fully go as planned, let alone future projections? Things change over time. I wonder how the remaining siblings would feel knowing that a younger sibling (or two) was destroyed so that they might have greater opportunities in life. So much for the dead child’s shot at pursuing happiness.

The review opens with, “Who is the abortion debate really about?” Obviously not the poor child condemned to death, and I didn’t have to read between the lines. Why give them any consideration at all? Remember that even condemned criminals are awarded a last request.

Deflection, distraction and deception have always been the hallmark of the abortion lobby, who after Roe v. Wade found themselves standing alone until savvy PR campaigns proved that it greatly helped the cause to not think about the dead baby.

I also give thanks that Truth and the beauty of Life is on our side, and that evil loses in the end.

Being squeamish about human atrocity is only natural. There’s no magic wand that makes a living fetus disappear; no peaceful way to ‘terminate a pregnancy.’ If someone still has benign or a ‘loving idea’ of abortion, I have some pictures that just might make them squeamish – if they dare.

In reality there are fewer attendants at Thanksgiving tables not only because of the retail industry, but that many humans never made it out of the womb simply for being unwanted or ‘unplanned.’ That also means that 56 million ‘potential shoppers’ will not be participating in the Black Friday mayhem. I hope the retail industry, many of whom support the abortion industry in one manner or another, start doing their math.

Finally, I would like to give thanks that I will not go hungry today. For all of us sitting down to a table of bountiful harvest, let us be thankful not just for the abundance of protein, fat and carbohydrates that we are about to overload on, but that we are fortunate to be counted among those spared the doctor’s instruments of death through ‘personal family decisions.’

Shouldn’t life, whether ours or someone else’s be something we can all be thankful for?

A very Happy Thanksgiving to one and all from the members of PHL-BCC!

 

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