Yesterday was the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr's "I have a dream" speech and the March on Washington in 1963. I assume you knew that because Google told us all. On twitter, the hashtag #MOW50 and #MLKDream50 were trending all day. Tens of thousands descended on Washington, meeting at the Lincoln Memorial. President Obama, America's first black president, gave a speech in honor of the anniversary. It was a big day. To think of how far we have come as a country over the past 50 years.
I followed a lot of the president's speech on twitter, through his personal handle and also through the white house's handle. I also follow Planned Parenthood on twitter, who quoted a lot of the president's speech as well. And many of the quotes just made my blood boil.
I know you're not surprised.
There's one thing that irritates me, bothers me, down right infuriates me more than anything else: a hypocrite. I've written about the president's hypocritical remarks regarding the Newtown shooting. But today, hypocrisy hit an all new level.
Let me share a few tweets with you.
The first one is from Planned Parenthood (America's largest abortion provider. An organization who has been caught accepting money specifically for the purpose of aborting black children. An organization who's locations are largely located in inner-cities and low-income areas where African American communities exist in higher numbers).
tweet: “Five decades ago today, Americans came to this honored place to lay claim to a promise made at our founding." - President Obama
50 years ago, Americans came to the Lincoln Memorial, the place that honors a man who dedicated his presidency to ending inequality for slaves across this nation. A man who once said, "No law can give me the right to do what is wrong." He was, of course, referring to slavery. No man has the right to strip another man of his God-given, unalienable rights: life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. Slavery steals a person's liberty and often his life.
Today, Planned Parenthood pretends to agree with what Lincoln stood for, and what MLK stood for. They pretend to care about life and about freedom. They pretend to give a damn about justice.
Don't be fooled. Planned Parenthood stands for none of these things.
Actions speak louder than words. While Planned Parenthood tweets away about justice and liberty, they are participating in the most egregious injustice of all. Today, every 95 seconds, they will murder an unborn child; strip him or her of her God-given, innate right to life and freedom.
A fellow tweeter responded to Planned Parenthood's tweet by saying, "a promise Planned Parenthood has methodically/maliciously/violently taken from millions of children, for money." This has to be the most succinct and appropriate response. While claiming to care about equal rights and justice, they turn around and strip other's of their rights by performing malicious injustices for, I can only assume, the purpose of making a profit.
tweet: "That’s where courage comes from—when we turn not from each other or on each other, but towards one another." -President Obama
This one was tweeted by the White House. It sort of disgusts me that a man who voted four times, four times! to not protect the life of a baby born alive as the result of an unsuccessful abortion, can say we should not turn on each other, but towards one another. I'm sure those babies, who were left to die in a broom closet, wrapped in dirty rags would have appreciated if you had turned toward them and saved their lives. The lease you could have done was vote to protect their lives so that some one else would have helped them.
tweet: We best remember Dr. King’s soaring oratory that day—how he gave mighty voice to the quiet hopes of millions. -President Obama
This one gave me chills. The parallels to the pro-life movement today are just undeniable. Those of us who are fighting for the rights of the unborn (including MLK's niece, Alveda King), are a mighty voice to the quiet hopes of millions. In this case, they aren't just quiet, they are silent. We can't hear the unborn and so it has become all to easy too ignore them, to ignore their hopes and dreams, to ignore their very existence.
But we can be their voice. We can be a mighty voice! All we have to do is stand up and say something, do something. Don't sit idly by why their voices, their hopes, are crushed, their little light's extinguished. We can do something about it and we can do it now.
And this is where one tweet gave me hope. Not because the president was speaking about the pro-life movement. He is altogether ignoring the millions of children who die in the womb in our country every single year. In fact, he's encouraging it and financing it.
tweet: "In the face of impossible odds, people who love their country can change it." -President Obama
It gives me hope to know that in our great country's past, when people were treated horribly, terribly and unjustly, others came to their rescue. They stood up and spoke out. The prayed for change and they took action to make change happen. They voted and changed laws. And they saw to it that the freedom granted all men by their very nature of being human was restored to the very people who weren't allowed to practice it.
And so this should be an encouragement to our cause. Slavery is a terrible scar on the history of this nation. So is the way we treated African Americans for a century after their ancestors had been freed from slavery. And yet, each time an injustice existed, those who believed in the promise of our founding, that all men are created equal and endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights: life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness, made a change. Was it always easy? No, it's never easy. Did it happen over night? No, it took time, energy, prayer and action.
And so it is with the cause for life. Abortion is the greatest injustice. It reaches across all races, ethnicities and genders. And more than taking the freedom of a human being, or their chance at being happy, it ends, steals, destroys their life. Without life, there is no way to claim and enjoy any other rights.
And so, let yesterday, let this 50th anniversary, be an encouragement to us to keep marching. March for the unborn and speak for those who have no voice.